By Harvey Byrne

Joleon Lescott has turned down a move to Rangers, according to a report.

Sky Sports News have claimed via their official Twitter account that the 34-year-old defender has rejected a transfer to the Scottish giants from Aston Villa.

This claim follows reports from STV that the former England international would undergo a medical with the Scottish giants and that Mark Warburton was confident the deal would be finalised in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Lescott’s apparent U-turn will be regarded as a huge blow to Rangers given their confidence that a deal was close.

The Scottish Sun claimed that Rangers were willing to hand the experienced defender a two-year deal worth £10,000-a-week to take him to Scotland.

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

However, it would appear that the defender isn’t keen to take a significant wage cut, as he reaches the twilight of his professional career.

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 with him at the heart of the club’s defence playing in 33 encounters in all competitions.

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

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says Villa have signed an iconic midfielder in Mile Jedinak.