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The Premier League say they are unlikely to investigate David Moyes' comments that Manchester City "broke rules" in their pursuit of Joleon Lescott because they received no official complaint from Everton at the time.

Everton played City on Saturday for the first time since Lescott's £22million move between the two clubs in August, although the England defender did not feature due to a knee injury.

Writing in Everton's programme notes before his side's 2-0 victory, Moyes accused the Eastlands outfit of breaking rules in their handling of the transfer, but did not specify how regulations had been breached.

He said: "There is no doubt Manchester City treated us with little respect and broke rules in the summer transfer of Joleon Lescott.

"I found it very difficult to accept that a club with so many similarities to Everton should suddenly start acting with no class."

In the run-up to the transfer last summer Moyes described City's pursuit of the centre-back as "disgusting" and said "it has not been handled correctly from over there".

But a spokesman for the Premier League has confirmed that Everton had at no point made contact with them about City, adding that it would take a formal complaint from a club for them to look into the matter further.

After a lengthy transfer saga, City finally sealed the signing of Lescott on a five-year deal as part of a huge summer outlay on new players made possible by the wealth of the club's Abu Dhabi-based owners.

In Saturday's programme notes, Moyes added: "It was not so long ago that City were very similar, in financial terms, to most teams. But then a couple of changes of ownership at the club saw things change quickly for them. With that comes a great deal of expectation."

A spokesman for Everton said: "The manager is entitled to his opinion, and that is his opinion." Manchester City declined to comment on the issue.

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