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Moyes accuses City of 'a lack of respect'

The Everton manager David Moyes today accused Manchester City of showing a lack of respect to his team in their chase for Joleon Lescott.

The Everton manager David Moyes today accused Manchester City of showing a lack of respect to his team in their chase for Joleon Lescott. Moyes, who has turned down two bids for the defender, does not like the way their Premier League rivals have approached them. "It's about showing respect and we're not being shown that," Moyes told the Sunday Mirror. "I'm sure if I was (City boss) Mark Hughes, with all the money he has, I would try to buy the best players. "But we try to go about it in a different fashion. I would think I would go about my business in the way I've always done." City have had bids of £15 million and £18m (Dh110m) for Lescott turned down and it is thought Hughes may be preparing a third bid. However, Everton are insisting they will not sell the England international defender, £30m. Moyes continued: "I've always tried to contact the managers and show respect to them in terms of transfers ? and no matter how much money I might have to spend I would always want to keep that up. "It goes back to the managers having a drink together after the game, to the fact managers would still phone each other up when they are looking for a player. That is part of the way it should be done." One defender the Eastlands outfit successfully recruited this summer was the Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure from Arsenal who says he made the right decision in swapping the Gunners for City because his former club have lost too many big names. "I came to Man City because when you look at Arsenal you see all the great players have left the club and are now in the past. "Look at what has happened there. Thierry Henry has gone, Patrick Vieira has gone, Ray Parlour has gone. "These were the players that brought success to Arsenal and I believed it was right at this stage of my career to also move on. "We lost too many leaders at Arsenal. When we were winning the league title the spirit was fantastic, we were like a band of brothers."

*AFP