Hughes still keen on Lescott

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Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has not given up hope of signing Everton defender Joleon Lescott.

City have already had bids of £15million and £18million turned down for the unsettled England international. Everton manager David Moyes has also taken a hard line with the player by rejecting a written transfer request in his determination to keep the 26-year-old.

Hughes said: "We are still trying to speak to the people who will ultimately make the decision over whether or not the deal continues."

He added: "Those conversations are still to take place but how long they will still be active is open to debate.

"We have made offers and shown interest, obviously that is seen by virtue of the bids we have put in.

"But they have been rejected and Everton are fully in their rights to do that, we respect that."

If a deal for Lescott fails to materialise Hughes is likely to move on to other targets.

City have already signed one defender this summer in £16million man Kolo Toure from Arsenal but West Ham's Matthew Upson is another player to have been linked with Eastlands.

Hughes continued: "We were looking to strengthen the defensive options we have got. We have done that in respect of Kolo, we are very pleased he is here.

"I have stated we would like further strengthening to take place but if not we go with what we have got."

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