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Rangers set sights on Lescott after edging closer to Garner deal

By Andy Newport

Rangers have earmarked Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott as the final piece of their summer transfer campaign after nearing a deal for Preston striker Joe Garner.

Lescott is believed to be their top defensive target despite Philippe Senderos joining for a week's training on Monday.

The Aston Villa centre-back - a former Everton team-mate of Gers assistant boss David Weir - is understood to be available on a free following his club's relegation from the Premier League.

Rangers are keen to take the 34-year-old former England international to Glasgow to compete with Danny Wilson, Rob Kiernan and Clint Hill.

Garner is expected to join Rangers later this week with talks progressing over a £1.5million transfer. A Preston statement read: "Joe has made it clear that he would want to leave. Assuming a final agreement can be reached we would not want to stand in the way of a player who no longer wished to remain."

The 28-year-old former Carlisle, Nottingham Forest and Watford striker scored six goals in 44 games for the Sky Bet Championship club last season after netting 27 in their promotion campaign the previous year.

Meanwhile, Gers boss Mark Warburton has received good news after striker Martyn Waghorn started running sooner than expected following a hamstring injury.

Waghorn looks a safe bet to be fit in time for the trip to Celtic Park on September 10 and Warburton, whose team host Motherwell in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Saturday, said: "He is way ahead of the curve."

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