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City set to seal Lescott signing

MANCHESTER City moved closer to signing Everton and England defender Joleon Lescott on Sunday after the English Premier League clubs reached an agreement.

"Manchester City can confirm that agreement has been reached with Everton for the transfer of Joleon Lescott," City said on its Website.

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

Lescott handed in a transfer request after two attempts by City to sign him were rejected by Everton.

Everton manager David Moyes has said previously Lescott's attitude over his desire to leave had damaged team spirit.

"The situation means we have to sell him," Moyes told The People newspaper earlier on Sunday.

Moyes may have felt compelled to quickly put an end to the matter after Everton lost its first two Premier League matches, including a 0-1 defeat to newly promoted Burnley on Sunday. Lescott was dropped for that match.

He played in the 1-6 loss to Arsenal last week, with many saying the speculation surrounding his departure affected the performance of the entire team.

Lescott, who turned 27 last week, made 113 appearances for Everton and scored 14 goals. He joined Everton from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, and has made seven appearances for England.

City has spent lavishly on several players, including Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal), Carlos Tevez (Manchester United), Roque Santa Cruz (Blackburn Rovers), Gareth Barry (Aston Villa) and Kolo Toure (Arsenal).

City had wanted to buy Chelsea captain John Terry, but turned to Toure and then Lescott when the London club rejected advances for the England center back.


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