Aston Villa will cover part of Joleon Lescott's wages for the final year of his contract in order to shift him out of the club, with the defender close to joining Rangers.

Villa are desperate to offload Lescott, who has a year left on his contract, and have been clear that he can leave Villa Park without a fee.

The centre-back is travelling to Glasgow and will undergo a medical with Mark Warburton's Rangers tomorrow, ahead of linking up with the Scottish giants.

For the move to take place, Villa are having to subsidise Lescott's pay packet at Rangers, paying part of his wages over the final year of his contract.

Asked about whether Villa are receiving a fee for Lescott, owner Dr Tony Xia replied on Twitter: "No. Sorry for that."


He then explained the wage deal Villa have had to do to offload the defender.

"We have agreed to cover part of his wage of the one year contract left", Xia added.

Lescott came in for heavy criticism from Aston Villa fans last season as the club finished bottom of the Premier League standings.

He had also been linked with Leeds United.