FOOTBALL: Republic of Ireland international Shay Given is set to complete his transfer from Aston Villa to Middlesbrough later today.
Given had a successful loan spell at Middlesbrough in November 2013.
Given produced some outstanding performances and was a hugely popular figure with the fans during his spell and the club were desperate to keep him at the club.
However, he returned to Aston Villa and eventually reclaimed the No.1 jersey at Villa Park.
Given last played for Aston Villa in the FA Cup final in May.
Unfortunately for the Lifford man – Villa went down 4-0 to a rampant Arsenal side.
Despite the heavy defeat Given produced a number of superb saves in the game and also retained his place in the Ireland side for their crucial EURO 2016 clash with Scotland in June.
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has agreed to release Given from the last year of his contract with the club which has paved the way for his move to the Riverside stadium.
Given is expected to complete the formalities later this afternoon.