Everton agree Lescott fee

Man City have bid of around £24m accepted by Toffees

Everton have agreed a fee of around £24million with Manchester City for Joleon Lescott, with a switch expected to be completed on Monday.

Cash-rich side City have already seen two offers for the England international rejected by their Premier League rivals.

Toffees boss David Moyes appeared defiant that Lescott would remain at Goodison Park, despite the defender recently handing in a written transfer request.

However, Lescott was not included in Everton's squad for their previous two matches, increasing speculation that a move could be in the offing.

A statement on City's official website said: "Manchester City can confirm that agreement has been reached with Everton for the transfer of Joleon Lescott.


"The move is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and passing a medical."

Everton added: "Moyes has revealed there was a noticeable change in the player's attitude and as a result decided that it is in the best interests of the Club if he allowed Lescott to leave.

"Chairman Bill Kenwright has worked tirelessly to get the best deal for Everton, achieving a substantial increase on Manchester City's initial offer.

"Lescott will now meet with Manchester City and will sign subject to him successfully negotiating personal terms and passing a medical."

Eastlands stars

Lescott signed on Merseyside from Wolves for a fee of £5million in 2006 and has since made 113 Premier League appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals.

The versatile stopper's solitary appearance this campaign came when Everton lost 6-1 to Arsenal on the opening day of the season.

City boss Mark Hughes has made no secret of his wish to further bolster his defensive ranks, having already brought in Kolo Toure from the Gunners.

Lescott now looks poised to join the likes of Toure, Roque Santa Cruz, Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor in signing at Eastlands this summer.