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Joleon Lescott offered Rangers move?

Wantaway Aston Villa midfielder Joleon Lescott is reportedly courted by Scottish Premiership giants Rangers.

Aston Villa midfielder Joleon Lescott is reportedly being pursued by Scottish Premiership giants Rangers.

The 34-year-old was part of the troubled Villa side that dropped out of the Premier League last season and was criticised by fans for describing the relegation as "a weight off the shoulders" following a turbulent campaign.

According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers boss Mark Warburton is in the market for reinforcements to his backline and is a keen admirer of the experienced centre-back, who has previously had stints with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester City and Everton, as well as gaining 26 caps for the England national side.

New Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo does not have Lescott as part of his rebuilding plans in the Midlands and has not used him in the opening two games of the Championship season.

Lescott is thought to have received offers from several Premier League clubs, having been told that he can leave on a free, but the Glasgow-based Gers are in pole position to land his signature.

Rangers, who also count Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar among their squad, are currently top of the Scottish Premiership after two rounds of games.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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