Joleon Lescott has fallen out of favour of late with Roberto Mancini with Matija Nastasic, Vincent Komapny and Kolo Toure seeming the preferred top 3 centre halfs. Lescott costs Manchester City £24 million three years ago but David Moyes seems highly interested in bringing the England international back to Goodison Park.
Mancini is looking at bringing in another centre half in January with names including PSG star Mamadou Sakho and previous targets Daniel Agger and Fabricio Coloccini. With the news of this Moyes has made it fairly obvious that if Lescott became available he would happily bring him back to Everton, although Lescott’s £90,000 a week wage could be a stumbling block.
The deal could work in favour of both clubs; with City offloading a fringe player on big wages and the Toffees would be able to sell John Heitinga, who is a target for Galatasary who are willing to pay £7 million for the Dutch international. With Lescott back in the Toffees dressing room and £7 million in the bank Everton would have a stronger grip on keeping talismanic forward Marouane Fellaini. Moyes would also be able to acquire January targets Kevin Gameiro from PSG and Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder.
With Everton currently sitting 4th in the Premier League, Moyes is targeting a Champions League place and some new acquisitions in January could cement next year’s place in Europe’s highest competition.
Everton have watched Gameiro and Ben Yedder over recent months and talks are believed to be in advanced stages of talks with PSG and Toulouse respectively. Ben Yedder, 22, is currently top scorer at Toulouse with 9 goals in 16 games and is seen as one of France’s upcoming young talents, he is going to cost around £6 million. Gameiro, 25, has fallen out of favour at PSG after the signing of Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Carlo Ancelotti has said he would let the eight times capped France international go if the offer was around £7 million. With the sale of John Heitinga the money could be raised for both players.
Roberto Mancini wants a ball playing centre half and with Kincent Kompany limping off in the Manchester Derby, Daniel Agger looks like the likely transfer, but with Liverpool adamant the fee would be around £25 million Mancini would have to ensure Agger to be the perfect player.
Joleon Lescott would probably return to his fomer club to esnure his place in the England squad and gain regular first team football; the deal would work well for both clubs and seems a likely situation in January.