Joleon Lescott is reportedly set to be offloaded in the summer in a move that could cost Aston Villa almost Â£1million.
The 33-year-old central defender moved to Villa Park from Midlands rivals West Brom on a two-year deal last summer for an initial Â£1million, rising to Â£2million with add-ons.
Lescott has made 27 appearances and scored two goals for Villa this term while he has also worn the captain’s armband on several occasions.
However, he upset Villa fans and club’s hierarchy in the second half of this season, having had a spat with some supporters in the FA Cup game at Wycombe in January.
Lescott then tweeted a picture of a Â£120,000 Mercedes in the wake of the club’s humiliating 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool, before claiming relegation after last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United was ‘a weight off the shoulders’ of the players.
It seems that comment was the final straw and the club will look to sell on Lescott despite him facing a 50% pay-cut in his contract if he stays and plays in the Championship next term.
But if there are no takers for Lescott the Express is suggesting that Villa are so desperate to get him off the books that they will pay up the final year of his contract at a cost of Â£910,000.