By Alex Stevens

Joleon Lescott will tell Rangers in the next 24 hours if he will accept their offer to quit Aston Villa, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim the Villa defender is tempted by the challenge of joining the Scottish giants but also has interest from Premier League club Sunderland.

It is said Rangers fear that Lescott could be tempted by one more pay-day from the English top flight.

The Scottish Sun reported on Tuesday the Glasgow giants were working on a transfer that would take the former England international to Ibrox.

Pictures subsequently emerged on Twitter of the Aston Villa defender meeting Mark Warburton in the village of Hale, near Manchester on Tuesday evening to thrash out a deal.

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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.

The defender has been in talks with Villa over a severance package and Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo admitted on the eve of the new Championship season that he had told Lescott he can leave on a free if he finds another club.

Lescott signed from Midland rivals West Brom last summer for a fee of £1.5million, but endured a nightmare debut season with the club and has played no part in the club’s opening three matches of the new campaign.

Di Matteo is looking to trim his squad and the club’s highest earners are expected to follow the path of Brad Guzan and leave on free transfer as Villa look remove the high earners from their wage bill.

Warburton has targeted Lescott to bolster his team’s defence as he continues to target players who have played in the Premier League.

The Scottish club have made nine signings this summer, with all of the players arriving from England and most having played in the top flight.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s transfer shortlist is topped by this Premier League duo as manager Roberto Di Matteo considers other options.