Joleon Lescott will not be moving to Rangers, although the exact reason is unclear. Sky reported that Lescott rejected the move to the Scottish side due to family reasons:
Joleon Lescott will not be signing for Rangers. The player has decided against a move to Scotland due to family reasons #Rangers— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) 19 de agosto de 2016
But the BBC subsequently reported that it understood the move fell through due to a failed medical:
Joleon Lescott's proposed move to Rangers falls through: https://t.co/qiCH4z6kqK— BBC Football News (@bbcfoot) 19 de agosto de 2016
Then, Dr. Tony Xia tweeted that Sky were correct, and that it wasn't the medical that held up the deal:
Sky is right this time. No problem with medical check. https://t.co/kjOqfg1Bmr— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 19, 2016
Lescott had reportedly been offered a two-year contract at Rangers and had met with manager Mark Warburton to discuss terms.
What happens next?
Sky suggested that Sunderland might be keen to make a move for the defender, but if the BBC is correct about the reason for the failed move that now looks unlikely.
There seems to be no space for Lescott at Aston Villa with the arrivals of Tommy Elphick and James Chester clearly shaping up to be the first-choice, with Nathan Baker, Jores Okore and Micah Richards also competing for space.
Lescott and Villa will both be keen to show that Lescott is fit enough to move on