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Manchester City are ready to make an imminent third bid for Joleon Lescott, despite Everton manager David Moyes' decision to reject the England international defender's formal transfer request yesterday, but will not up the stakes much higher with £22m likely to be their final offer.

Though Lescott's determination to make a formal request strengthens City's position, their policy of keeping broadly within their initial budgeted figure for transfer targets will be maintained and there is no intention of breaking Moyes' obdurate resistance with a blow-away figure for Lescott.

>>independent.co.uk

Will somebody just please end this one way or the other?