Because £18 million is reasonable for someone with a long-term injury problem, but £22 million…
Manchester City are effectively offering Everton £4 million for a glimpse at Joleon Lescott’s medical records. The Citizens have offered £18 million for the defender but will not improve their bid without checking they are not paying for a new physio room play buddy for Michael Johnson.
Reports suggest Mark Hughes would then be willing to part with £22 million once he is satisfied that Lescott is in decent shape.
It remains to be seen whether the additional money on offer would make David Moyes any more willing to part with the 26-year-old.