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Aston Villa Line Up Swoop For Manchester City’s Shay Given

Villa Park boss wants Eastlands’ shot-stopper.

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish will move for Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given after being frustrated in his attempts to sign Ben Foster from Birmingham City.

McLeish is on the lookout for a new number one after Brad Friedel joined Tottenham Hotspur as a free agent on a two-year deal.

Given, who spent last season on the City bench as back up to Joe Hart, is desperate for first-team football.

The 35-year-old was rumoured to be leaving in the last two transfer windows but the Blues boss Roberto Mancini would not sell him to a direct rival.

The Republic of Ireland international has two years left on his deal but needs regular football to maintain his national place.

His only appearances for City last season were in the Europa League, but at Villa he would be virtually guaranteed first-team football ahead of back-up goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Andy Marshall.

McLeish has tried to sign Ben Foster from his former club, but the Birmingham board are reluctant to do business after his controversial switch to Villa Park.

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