On this day in 2006: Lescott seals Everton switch

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Saturday 14 June 2014

On this day in 2006: Lescott seals Everton switch

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall defender Joleon Lescott’s move from Wolves

  • Moyes said he signed the 'best' Championship defender after bringing Lescott to Everton

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

14 June 2006 - 'Championship's best' defender Lescott joins Everton

Everton manager David Moyes said he had signed “the best centre-half in the Championship” after bringing 23-year-old Joleon Lescott to Goodison Park from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £5m.

The former England Under-21 international signed a four-year deal and Moyes said: "Joleon is someone we have watched for quite a long time and fortunately this time we have been able to get our man."

Lescott made more than 200 appearances for Wolves but missed their season in the Barclays Premier League in 2003/04 because of a knee injury.

"If there's any player who deserves a chance to play in the Barclays Premier League, it's Joleon," said Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey.

Lescott was with the Toffees for just over three years and was a major influence in that time as they twice finished fifth in the Barclays Premier League and secured sixth place in the other campaign.

He was involved in every Barclays Premier League match in his first two seasons, starting all but three fixtures, and he only missed out on two encounters during the 2008/09 campaign.

Lescott was in the team for Everton's 6-1 Barclays Premier League defeat at home to Arsenal at the start of the following campaign and that was the last of his 109 full top flight appearances for the Toffees.

Before the end of August he joined Manchester City for £22m - the second highest fee for an English defender. In five years at Man City he made 107 appearances in the Barclays Premier League before being released at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Everton signed 23-year-old defender Joleon Lescott from Wolves