Aston Villa move in as Shay Given misses pre-season tour

Manchester City’s Shay Given has not travelled with his team-mates to the United States for a pre-season tour, as he has stayed in England to resolve his future.

The Republic of Ireland international was a bench-warmer at Eastlands last season as he played understudy to Joe Hart, and the former Newcastle keeper is now keen to secure a move to Aston Villa in the summer.

Roberto Mancini’s side flew out to Los Angeles without the 35-year-old, who The Daily Mail reports is Aston Villa’s number one summer transfer target following the departure of Brad Friedel to Tottenham.

Given is reportedly earning £80,000-a-week wages at the cash rich club, but is willing to take a pay cut to secure first team Premier League football. A potential transfer fee of £3.5 million is being banded around in the press, half the amount City paid for him back in February 2009. The Lifford born stopper has two years remaining on his current deal at the Champions League side, but is thought to be eager to move after a frustrating 2010/11.