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Aston Villa exodus gathering pace as three defensive flops set for axe ahead of deadline

Aston Villa are reportedly on the verge of seeing Jores Okore, Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards all leave the club ahead of the transfer deadline.

The trio were all heavily criticised last season for being part of the squad that won just three Premier League games all year and were eventually relegated down to the Championship.

All three have failed to feature in the league under Roberto Di Matteo so far this season, and according to The Sun, Okore is on the brink of a return to Denmark after leaving for a medical with FC Copenhagen on Friday night.

Villa are understood to have allowed him to leave for a cut-price fee, with the 24-year-old now seemingly set to end a nightmare spell in England which was ruined by injury and poor form after initially arriving with plenty of promise.

Further, as noted by the Birmingham Mail, Lescott is in talks with AEK Athens while Richards could seal a switch to Turkey by joining Trabzonspor.

Supporters will likely be awaiting official confirmation that the duo have left though, as Lescott has already turned down a move to Rangers this summer as the wait goes on for the unpopular defender to leave Villa Park.

As for Richards, he has also been heavily criticised for his displays over the past year, and so Di Matteo has evidently seen enough from the three men in question and has decided that it’s time to push them through the exit door.

The Italian tactician has been a busy man this summer having made no less than seven signings. Tommy Elphick, James Chester and Ritchie De Laet have arrived to bolster the defence, and Villa can now certainly boast some leadership and quality in their backline with experience of playing, and winning, in the Championship.

In turn, it should now spell the end for Okore, Lescott and Richards, and it will undoubtedly be a popular reshuffle with the supporters.

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