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Veteran Aston Villa Defender In Talks With Rangers [BBC]

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Joleon Lescott of Aston Villa reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Aston Villa at Vicarage Road on April 30, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Following Aston Villa’s relegation from the Premier League last season, it looks likely that former England international Joleon Lescott will be departing Villa Park this summer as opposed to spending a season playing Championship football.

The BBC are reporting that the experienced centre half, capped 26 times by England, is in talks with Scottish Premiership league leaders Rangers, with a permanent move north of Hadrian’s wall looking like a viable option for the 34-year-old.

The defender is best known for his six-year spell at the Etihad with Manchester City, where he went on to win the Premier League twice, and also picked up an FA Cup winner’s medal as well as a League Cup winner’s medal.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 12: Joleon Lescott of Manchester City is shadowed by Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, second leg match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City at Camp Nou on March 12, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Lescott began his career by progressing through the Wolverhampton Wanderers youth academy, making his first team debut at the turn of the century in the 2000-2001 season.

He went onto make 235 appearances for Wolves in a six-year spell, with his impressive performances tempting then Everton manager David Moyes to spend £4 million to acquire the centre half. His consistently good form for the Toffees culminated in a £22 million move to Manchester City in 2009.

Having been released by Man City two seasons ago, Lescott spent a season with West Brom before signing a two-year deal with Villa when he joined the club last year. Despite having a year left on his contract, it’s believed new Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has told 34-year-old Lescott that he is surplus to requirements at Villa Park.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Joleon Lescott of Aston Villa walks off the pitch after his team's 2-3 defeat in the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Aston Villa at Vicarage Road on April 30, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

With over 600 first team appearances, the veteran centre half certainly has the experience to add quality to a Rangers defence that has looked somewhat fragile in their opening games of the league campaign.

Lescott has failed to make any appearances in Villa’s three opening games of the Championship season thus far, and a move looks extremely likely to occur.

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