Joleon Lescott is ready for his medical with Manchester City, but Everton manager David Moyes has criticized the Eastlands club, bankrolled by Abu Dhabi’s multi-millionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, for not preparing to pay what he thought was the going rate from the outset.
The England international is expected to undergo a medical on Monday after City finally came up with a bid which met the Merseysiders’ valuation of the player. Having rejected two previous offers – the first about £18million – Everton are reported to have accepted £24million from City for Lescott.
Asked if the Lescott deal was well advanced the Everton boss said: “If they (City) say they are quite far on I’m sure they are.
“But we shouldn’t have been asked to wait this length of time for an amount of cash we think was the correct value for the player.
“Real Madrid came in with the money (£80million for Cristiano Ronaldo) for Manchester United the week after the end of the season.
“If the money had been offered in June it would have been a lot easier for us.
“The time is against us (to find a replacement).”