Man City make £15m bid for Lescott

Joleon Lescott

Transfer Talk: Mark Hughes tests Everton’s resolve with a bid for the Goodison Park defender Joleon Lescott

LAST UPDATED AT 08:17 ON Fri 17 Jul 2009

Manchester City are looking to test the resolve of Everton manager David Moyes by tabling a bid of £15m for the Goodison Park club's England defender Joleon Lescott, reveals the Guardian. Moyes has publicly insisted that the 26-year-old will not be going anywhere, but the full scale of Manchester City's ambition has been on display this summer as they have splashed out £54m on Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry, with another £25m likely to be spent on Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor over the next few days, and the Eastlands club will appeal to Lescott's desire to play Champions League football...

David Beckham has advised John Terry, one of his successors as England captain, against making a move from Chelsea to the moneybags of Manchester City, the Times reports. Speaking from personal experience of leaving Manchester United against his will, Beckham sggested that Man City would not be a big enough club to go to: "I don’t think JT will move because he's Chelsea through and through. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but I think he’ll stay at Chelsea because they won’t want to lose him. I would never have gone to another English club from Manchester United. At the time I didn’t even want to leave United, but once I left there I had to go to somewhere on a par with United and that was Real Madrid in my eyes"...

Another player to cast aspersions on the Eastlands club's pretensions to glory is Cristiano Ronaldo, who the Sun reports as dismissing any claim that he would have ever left Old Trafford for Manchester City - despite a reported £135m bid for his services last year. While his former colleague Carlos Tevez has swapped blue for red, Ronaldo, who moved to Real Madrid for a record £80m earlier this summer said: "Never! City have a lot of good players and might be a problem for United, Arsenal and Chelsea. But that doesn't interest me." Ronaldo also graciously praised the decision to bring in Michael Owen at Old Trafford: "It is a fantastic club and it is a good decision to give him the No 7. He is an experienced player with some of the biggest clubs"...

Stewart Downing sealed his £12m transfer from Middlesbrough to Aston Villa yesterday, and told the Daily Mail that his new boss's ambition was what convinced him to move to Villa Park. "When it became apparent that Villa were interested I was very excited. I wanted to come as soon as I met Martin O'Neill so I am delighted it's now sorted out," the 24-year-old said. As soon as I spoke to the manager at the training ground, I wanted to play for Villa and I wanted to play for him. He has great ambition and wants to build a good squad to take the club forward. I want to be part of that"... · 

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