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22nd Aug, 2016 | 12:11am

MLS giants rule out move for out-of-favour Aston Villa defender

By Will Butcher

LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena has said that his team is not interested in bringing England international Joleon Lescott across the pond.

The 34-year-old defender, who has also had spells with Wolves and Everton, almost moved to Rangers last week before opting out of a move, according to Sky Sports.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, former USA manager Arena revealed that the MLS outfit had held discussions with Lescott, but also declared that they would not be making a move for him this summer.

“He is free but we don’t have any room for him,” Arena told the Mirror. “We had discussions with the player and the club when they were in a relegation battle in which they didn’t put up a real good fight.”

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.

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

It would appear that the 26-time capped England international’s days are numbered at Villa Park, after the additions of Tommy Elphick and James Chester this summer.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this Premier League striker could be about to drop down a division to sign for the Midlands club.