Medical booked: Rangers close in on £50,000-a-week international signing - report
By Tom Blackburn
Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott will head to Ibrox this week for a medical with Rangers, according to a report.
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.
The Scottish Sun claimed on Thursday morning that the Villa defender is tempted by the challenge of joining the Scottish giants but also has interest from Premier League club Sunderland.
However it now appears that Lescott has opted to join the Warburton revolution, as Rangers target the Scottish Premiership on their return to the league.
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.
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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.
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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.
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