Report: Joleon Lescott very keen on Rangers move, Ibrox move close after contract settlement

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Newcastle's Papiss Demba Cisse

Joleon Lescott could be closing in on a move to Rangers.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in action with Aston Villa's Joleon LescottArsenal's Jack Wilshere in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott is 'extremely keen' to join Rangers having held talks with manager Mark Warburton.

Birmingham-born Lescott, 34, joined Aston Villa from local rivals West Bromwich Albion last summer, finally playing for the club he supported from a young age.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Watford's Odion IghaloAston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Watford's Odion Ighalo

However, Lescott's dream move to Villa Park soon turned into a nightmare, as he turned in a host of disappointing performances, contributing massively to the club's relegation to the Championship.

Lescott has now been told he is free to leave under new Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo, and it seems that his destination could be Glasgow.

Southampton's Shane Long in action with Aston Villa's Joleon LescottSouthampton's Shane Long in action with Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott

The Daily Mail report that Lescott held talks with Rangers boss Mark Warburton on Tuesday about a surprise move to Ibrox, and he's now 'extremely keen' on making the switch to Scotland.

The report adds that Rangers are close to signing Lescott, as Villa have agreed to pay up the final year of the centre back's £35,000-a-week contract just to get him off the books and out of the club.

Aston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Newcastle's Papiss Demba CisseAston Villa's Joleon Lescott in action with Papiss Demba Cisse

Lescott's seemingly imminent move to Rangers will provide a defensive boost for Rangers, whilst offering Warburton another veteran presence at the back having landed Clint Hill already this summer.

The former England international will also reunite with his former Everton team-mate David Weir, who currently serves as Warburton's assistant manager at Ibrox – and his arrival could be one of the final pieces of the Rangers jigsaw after a busy summer.

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