By Amir Mir
Tony Xia has denied a report by the BBC that Joleon Lescott’s move to Rangers collapsed because he failed a medical.
Sky Sports News reported on their official Twitter account on Friday morning that Aston Villa defender Lescott had declined a move to the Scottish giants.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 19, 2016
Shortly afterwards, BBC Sport claimed on their website that the 34-year-old’s move to Rangers was off because he had failed a medical at Ibrox.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 19, 2016
Villa’s new owner Tony Xia then took to Twitter to give his version on the situation regarding the two-time Premier League winner and stated Lescott had no problem with his medical.
“Sky [Sports News] is right this time,” Xia wrote on his personal Twitter account. “No problem with medical check.”
— The Villa View (@TheVillaView_) August 19, 2016
Sky is right this time. No problem with medical check. https://t.co/kjOqfg1Bmr
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 19, 2016
In addition to the contradictory reports about the reasons for the collapse, the Express claimed that Lescott had rejected a switch from England to Scotland for family reasons.
Lescott is in the final year of his £50,000-a-week Villa contract, which was halved when the team were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season.
Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has told the defender he is free to find a new club in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Rangers boss Mark Warburton will target this ex-Villa flop after Lescott rejects move.