Given 'snubs Albion for Villa'

03 July 2011 01:51
Manchester City keeper Shay Given has reportedly snubbed the chance to join West Brom in the hope of pushing through a move to Aston Villa. [LNB] The Midlands rivals are both on the lookout for a new number one following the departures of Scott Carson from The Hawthorns to Busaspor and Villa's loss of Brad Friedel to Tottenham.[LNB]Irishman Given is set to leave Eastlands in order to seek first-team football after spending the last campaign second choice behind England number one Joe Hart.[LNB]Celtic were linked with a loan move for the 35-year-old but City are keen on a permanent deal in order to lower their wage bill.[LNB]Reports today suggest Roy Hodgson's West Brom made an offer for the former Newcastle star, but the player turned down the deal as he prefers a move to Villa Park.[LNB]The sticking point on any transfer could be the fee, with new Villa chief Alex McLeish valuing the player at £3million while City rate him closer to £5million.

Source: Team_Talk