Report: Villa agree Given fee

15 July 2011 12:08
Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Manchester City for the services of Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, according to reports.[LNB] Given failed to make a single Premier League appearance last term and is eager to secure first-team football having turned 35 in April.[LNB]The former Newcastle stopper is regarded as one of the best keepers in the Premier League after his exploits with the Magpies and then City, who he joined for £5.9million in January 2009.[LNB]But Joe Hart's emergence as first-choice keeper for club and country forced Given onto the City bench for most of last season, with the 113-cap international restricted to just four cup appearances.[LNB]Although Given has two years left on his contract with City, new Villa manager Alex McLeish can offer him a regular starting role.[LNB]Villa are in the market for a new shot-stopper having seen Brad Friedel depart for Tottenham this summer.

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