Shay Given’s Aston Villa Transfer Now Looks Likely

News in the Daily Mirror today that new Villa manager Alex McLeish will move for Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given in a £4M bid for the player.

Shay Given – moving to Villa?

Shay always wanted to play football, and we were just a little surprised when he agreed to stay at City last season, and be second choice to England International goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Of course he’s on a massive wage at Manchester City and that sometimes is enough to keep a player at a club, whether they are playing or not.

Shay turned 35 in April, and is said to be willing to take a massive wage cut to play first team football at Villa Park.

It seems that new manager Alex McLeish has identified Given as the No. 1 choice to succeed American Brad Friedel, who is now at Tottenham on a two year deal, and is now 40 years old, so Shay is still a youngster in comparison.

If Manchester City will accept the £4M bid for Shay, then we think the move will go ahead, given the former Newcastle goalkeeper seems willing to accept the terms offered by Aston Villa.

For the record Shay has played 547 first team games, with 458 of them being for Newcastle,  and 64 being for Manchester City.

Shay has played 17 times at Sunderland, while on  loan from Blackburn in season 1995-1996, and has so far played an amazing 113 times for Ireland.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    He will do well for them.

    He only went to Citeh for the money, he forgot about the football!

  • Irie-Magpie

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #3

    @Richy, in fairness he went because he want to win a Trophy(which he did) allbeit from the bench ..and he also did us a favor because we would’ve being paying his hugh salary in the Championship..he did us proud and stayed loyal for many all the best and hope he lets in a few for us when we play them..HWTL

  • JohnnyBrookes

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I really really hope that he does not go there. I was there in the relegation game, and they are the biggest set of P***s going, I hate them, and want them to be relegated.

    I am not a given hater, he served the club well under shambolic ownership and management but if he goes to those c***s then I will not think of him the same way again.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #5

    @ 3

    I have no bad feeling towards him, to be honest, I feel a bit sorry for him ending up stuck on the bench because he is a real quality keeper.

  • davybtoon

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #6

    anyone kno if its true erdinc bid been accepted if it has id expect us to tie it up pretty quickly

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Sturridge update…

    “The Chronicle understands Sturridge is not in Alan Pardew’s sights – despite speculation linking the Magpies with a swoop for the Chelsea ace.

    Sturridge is available for loan or sale at bids starting from £6m from Andre Villa-Boas’ new side.

    Instead, though, United will turn their attentions elsewhere as they try to nail a permanent attacking player with the pre-season fixture list edging ever closer.”

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #8

    @ 6

    Erdinc is being offered to Lille as part of a deal to take Hazard to PSG, so doubt if bid has been accepted.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Roberto Di Mateo has joined Chelsea as Villa-Boas No. 2

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Given is still one of my favourite players around, and would easily make it into my top premier league team. Such a shame to see him on the bench, definitely 1st team quality.

    Shame to hear about Sturridge news, hope it’s not true, a bid of 8 – 10M would more than likely secure his services, and he’s worth it…

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #11

    I guess every one will take stturidge name from there squad now

  • Irie-Magpie

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    @11 – I guess so (ha ha), a bit of reality i guess.. but then again this could be all speculation.. 4th of July can’t come quick enough..


    Jun 29, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Can’t knock Shay at all. Superb keeper, deserves all the best in the world as far as I am concerned. Good luck to him.

  • max

    Jun 29, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #14

    good luck shay


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