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Aston Villa Agree Fee to Sign Man City Keeper Shay Given

Villa Park move on the cards for Etihad Stadium star.

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Sky Sports sources understand that Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Manchester City for Shay Given.

The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper failed to make a single Premier League appearance last term and is eager to secure first-team football having turned 35 in April.

Given is regarded as one of the best keepers in the Premier League after his exploits with Newcastleand then City, who he joined for £5.9million in January 2009.

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.

Although Given has two years left on his contract with City, new Villa manager Alex McLeish can offer him a regular starting role.

SOURCE: Sky Sports

Alex McLeish has lost the services of Brad Friedel, Ashley Young and seemingly Stewart Downing as well and now the Scot is looking to replace those crucial Aston Villa stars and a move to sign Shay Given is an inspired one.

The former Newcastle United keeper has been wasting away at Man City and for a keeper as talented as the Irish international to not get a single minute of Premier League football last season is a crying shame but a move to Villa Park will help get the Donegal born keeper’s career back on track.

McLeish is also looking to bring in Charles N’Zogbia from Wigan to help make up for the probable loss of two top notch wingers.

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