By Alex Taylor
Tony Xia has apologised to fans after admitting defender Joleon Lescott will still be on Aston Villa’s wage bill when he completes a move to Rangers.
Scottish broadcaster STV claim Lescott will undergo medical tests with the Scottish giants and that Mark Warburton is confident the deal will be finalised in the next 24 to 48 hours.
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.
The Scottish Sun claim Rangers are willing to hand the 34-year-old a two-year deal worth £10,000-a-week to entice him to Scotland.
It appears that Villa will pay the remainder of Lescott’s salary after Xia issued an apology on his personal Twitter account on Thursday night.
No. Sorry for that. We have agreed to cover part of his wage of the one year contract left. https://t.co/m23W7iGpgb
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 18, 2016
Chinese businessman Xia has spent close to £35million on six summer signing since purchasing the club for £75million in June.
Their most recent addition was announced by the club on Wednesday afternoon with Miles Jedinak making a switch from the Premier League to the Championship.
The Villans are hoping for a swift return to the Premier League themselves, and Di Matteo will now want his new-look side to focus on their upcoming Championship clash against Derby on Saturday.
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