Just a short Last Orders today; ED is too busy fashioning a
statue of Stuart Broad out of milk cartons and tin foil.
This morning saw a flurry of conflicting stories surrounding
ongoing attempt to buy Joleon Lescott (pictured, definitely not doing a Barry Ferguson) from Everton.
David Moyes left the England defender out of his side to
play Sigma Olomouc as a punishment for getting the hump over Everton's refusal to accept his transfer request.
Everybody assumed this was the end for Lescott, who has
started the season getting cheered to the rafters by Everton fans, and was now
Persona Non Grata in his own dressing room.
So it came as some surprise when news broke from City's morning press conference that Mark Hughes had
said he was no longer interested in Lescott.
What a development! City had finally got fed up, and were
going to look elsewhere for their sixth megamillion pound signing of the
Then something strange happened. Stories began filtering
through that City still wanted to buy him. Even stranger, they used the same
quotes as the stories claiming the exact opposite.
Farce ensued, as articles were quickly revised and
rewritten. A rival site to this one had 'City
pull plug on Lescott' top of its
homepage, before a spectacular volte-face saw that headline become 'City still keen on Lescott'.
The reason for the confusion? This quote from Hughes: "I've said time and time again it comes to a point
where sometimes you think it's not
going to happen and you walk away from situations, and that's what we've
The thing is, Hughes didn't
specify in what situation
City had done it.
Eager hacks immediately assumed he was referring specificallyto
the Lescott situation, when in fact he was talking about previous situations.
Or at least that's
what he said when asked to clarify whether the Lescott chase was still on.
Hughes said: "We are not at that point at this moment. When we feel
there is nowhere else to go and it is not going to happen, then we will walk
away. We do not think we are quite at that point as yet. Only time will tell."
Hardly a sunshine-and-lollipops assessment of the situation, but certainly
confirmation that the saga will go on. And on. And on.