The Lifford man had endured an incredibly frustrating time at City, failing to start one league game during the last season. The veteran keeper moved to Eastlands in 2009 but failed to nail down a first team spot after the arrival of boss Roberto Mancini.
The Donegal man, who turned 35 back in April, was eager to move so he could continue to get first team football. He had been desperate to secure a permanent transfer or a loan move away from Eastlands for some time but it will be Aston Villa who win the race for his signature.
Villa captain Stylian Petrov welcomed the proposed move and said last week: “Shay is one of the best keepers in the league and, if he comes to us, it will be a great signing for us.
“He’s got European experience and Premier League experience so what else do you need?…. Shay would be a great signing and I hope that could happen.”
Given will be replacing another veteran goalkeeper after 40-year old Brad Friedel moved from Villa to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer.Tags: