Aston Villa star set for £5m pay-off

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay GivenAston Villa will reportedly offer Shay Given £5m to write-off the remainder of his contract and also look to sell Charles N’Zogbia.

The 37-year-old former Republic of Ireland veteran goalkeeper still has three years remaining on a £60,000-a-week contract he signed when former Villa boss Alex McLeish snapped him up from Manchester City in summer 2011.

However, with Brad Guzan now firmly established as current boss Paul Lambert’s first-choice custodian at Villa Park, the club are looking to get him off the books and will pay him a handsome figure to part ways.

In a further lowering of the wage bill, France international winger N’Zogbia is also poised to depart with ambitious French side Monaco ready to take him to his homeland this summer following their promotion to Ligue 1.

The former Wigan and Newcastle man cost Villa £9million in 2011 and the club are set to try and recoup at least half that fee while also getting his salary off the wage bill.

As we reported previously, veteran central defender Richard Dunne is leaving at the end of his contract having missed all of the past season because of a groin problem, while record signing Darren Bent and Alan Hutton are both likely to depart too.

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