Several Championship clubs are said to have registered an interest in the 37-year-old, who was the subject of a loan offer from Liverpool before the close of the transfer window. Villa refused the offer from the Merseyside club, when it emerged they were only willing to pay a fraction of the player’s wages, and their stance will not soften when it comes to offers from Championship sides.
Given lost his place to American goalkeeper Brad Guzan at the start of last season, and has fallen further down the pecking order following the summer arrival of 20-year-old keeper Jed Steer from Norwich City.
Given is reported to earn around £3million a year on a 5-year-contract at Villa Park, and while Paul Lambert is desperate to get his salary off the club’s wage bill, the Scot sees little point in allowing the keeper to leave for a team unwilling to pay the majority.
“Of course it’s just frustrating not playing, it’s hard to keep training and know there’s no game at the end of the week,” said Given.
“Things can change quickly in football with injuries and suspensions and if I get an opportunity I’ve got to be ready to take it if that hopefully comes along. I’m fit as a fiddle and feel really sharp. I’m just raring to get that chance.
“I played in Stiliyan Petrov’s testimonial in front of 60,000 fans at the weekend and as a player that’s all you want to do, to show people you’ve still got the ability to play in the Premier League.”
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