Gerard Houllier looks to lure Eastlands bench warmer to Villa Park.
Aston Villa are set to move for Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given at the end of the season.
The Republic of Ireland stopper has endured a tough campaign at Eastlands after losing the No 1 jersey to Joe Hart.
Given featured for City just four times, before undergoing surgery on his shoulder in February – an operation which is likely to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.
City are keen to keep hold of Given, but the former Newcastle keeper is desperate to push through a transfer, and is likely to be granted his request.
Aston Villa’s current No 1 Brad Friedel is out of contract in the summer, and Gerard Houllier views Given as the ideal replacement for the veteran goalkeeper.
Given still has two years to run on his deal at Eastlands, and a transfer is likely to cost Villa in the region of £5million.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
The chances of Aston Villa signing Shay Given are greatly aided by the fact that Roberto Mancini steadfastly refuses to sell the Irish international to any side he considers a rival to his top four aspirations, so in some ways it’s something of insult if a deal is secured to bring the 34 year old to the Midlands.
Brad Friedel is closing in on 40 years of age so a move for a new keeper makes a great deal of sense and Given is one of the best in the Premier League but has to sit on the subs bench watching on as young Joe Hart puts in consistent displays as Man City’s number one.
There has been talk of interest from Arsenal and Man United but it’s unlikely that the former Newcastle United man will be able to make such a move. Wonder what would happen if the Donegal born goalie signed for Villa and then moved on swiftly to either of those two sides?