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Can Everton rewrite the rule book…or will it fall on death ears?

Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey wonders what, if anything at all, will happen to Man City if Everton lodge a complaint over their pursuit of Lescott.

Everton will report Manchester City over an illegal approach for outgoing defender Joleon Lescott, according to The Times.

Lescott is expected to finalise his move to Eastlands this week, thought to be in the region of £25m, after an unsavoury fortnight which his poor attitude has seen him sour his reputation on Merseyside.

The England international has only played once this season but barely figured when Arsenal taught them a lesson on the opening day. He was dropped for the Europa League clash and was again left out of the team for yesterday's defeat at Turf Moor.

David Moyes, clearly exasperated at the situation, has definitely made the right decision for the club looking towards the future, but understands that it is for the greater good after Lescott's behaviour was affecting morale.

"I've been disappointed but I've had my say on how it's been and any more would be repeating what I've said," Moyes said.

"You could see the effect that it had last week. It's played a big part behind the scenes. Joleon had told me on the Friday [before the 6-1 defeat by Arsenal] that he didn't want to play but I had no options so I chose to play him but it worked against me. So, I've taken the decision.

"It's been difficult because Joleon's attitude has been so poor. We'd rather have him playing but if a player is going to behave in the manner he did, we had no choice but to keep him away."

As mentioned, City are likely to be reported over their approach, which there is little hope of anything happening to stop this happening in the future.

Even if City are found guilty, what are the authorities going to do about it? Fine them?

Every summer there are complaints of tapping up and illegal approaches and, the odd wrist slap aside, nothing ever happens to change how clubs go about their business.

Perhaps a real deterrent – a points deduction, perhaps – should it be the new penalty? That way clubs would think twice about risking the wrath of rival clubs.

Everton have struggled this season and hopefully will be able to move forward once Lescott moves on.

However, with little chance of getting help from the Premier League or the FA, they know that they need to fight their own corner to ensure that Lescott's move does not have a wholly negative impact on their season.

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