By Harry Sykes

Serie A side Pescara are in advanced talks to sign Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott, according to a report.

Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Italian club are deep in negotiations to land the 34-year-old.

It is said that Pescara face competition from AEK Athens to sign Lescott, who is currently resolving his contract situation with Villa.

The former England international is expected to leave Villa Park before transfer deadline day after being demoted to the reserves.

Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has admitted that the club are considering the possibility of paying off the remainder of the veteran centre-back’s contract, which expires next summer, to get him off their wage bill.

Asked about that possibility on Monday, Villa boss Di Matteo told the Birmingham Mail: “It’s something the club is dealing with.”

Lescott is in the final year of a Villa contract that the Sun claim is worth £50,000-a-week, which was halved when the team were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season.

Lescott almost joined Scottish Premier League new-boys Rangers earlier this month, but rejected a move at the last minute.

The two-time Premier League winner was part of a disappointing campaign for the Villans last season, as his side picked up just 17 points. Lescott was at the heart of the club’s defence playing in 33 encounters in all competitions.

It would appear that the 26-time capped England defender’s days are numbered at Villa Park, after the additions of Tommy Elphick and James Chester this summer.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Di Matteo is braced to receive a £5million offer for this star defender.