By Will Butcher

AEK Athens have signed Joleon Lescott from Aston Villa, it was announced on Monday.

The 34-year-old has been expected to leave Villa Park for the entirety of the summer after the Midlands club’s relegation from the Premier League last term.

The Greek giants revealed on their official website that the former England international has signed a two-year contract.

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

The former Manchester City defender was 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.

The two-time Premier League winner was part of a disappointing campaign 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.

However, he has been shown the exit door by manager Roberto Di Matteo, who has since signed James Chester and Tommy Elphick.

The 26-time international is part of a 16-man exodus leaving Villa Park this season, which includes the likes of Idrissa Gueye, Ciaran Clark and Scott Sinclair.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this Villa target could be about to join Hull City instead of Di Matteo’s side.