Lescott absence is blamed on injury as Redknapp denies making Bassong bid

EVERTON boss David Moyes last night played down speculation over Joleon Lescott&rsquo;s future at the club after the England defender was absent from yesterday&rsquo;s friendly at Coventry. <br /><br />Lescott is at the centre of an intense public pursuit by Manchester City, who are reportedly ready to table an offer of around &pound;22m for the 26-year-old this week after having two previous bids rejected by the Toffees.<br /><br />Lescott&rsquo;s omission from yesterday&rsquo;s squad only intensified the speculation further but Moyes later insisted he missed the 2-2 draw with a hip injury, before refusing to answer any more questions on the matter.<br /><br />Moyes does not want to Lescott to leave but it is feared he may be unable to stop the move going through. Indeed, already he is being linked with a possible replacement in Toulouse&rsquo;s Albin Ebondo.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has dismissed reports he has bid &pound;10m for Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong, although he admits to admiring the player.<br /><br />Speaking of the rumour after his side&rsquo;s 2-0 defeat to South China, Redknapp said: &ldquo;It is not true. He is a player that I was interested in. I like Bassong, he is a young player with a good future and a good central defender. I don&rsquo;t think we have made an offer as far as I know. I am sure the chairman has not made an offer.&rdquo;