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.