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Confirmed Signing: Shay Given (Man City)

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Aston Villa are closing in on a £5million deal for Shay Given as manager Alex McLeish prepares to make his first signing since his controversial switch from Birmingham City.

Villa's recently-appointed manager has settled on Given as his preferred choice to replace Brad Friedel and is hopeful Villa's board can agree to match the Republic of Ireland keeper's £85,000-a-week Eastlands wages.

Sportsmail revealed Villa's interest in Given earlier this month. Since then Bolton's Ali Al-Habsi has come under close review, and McLeish has also considered returning to his old club with a bid for Birmingham's former Manchester United keeper Ben Foster.

But Sportsmail understands he has opted for Given and will install him as his new number one. Al-Habsi is expected to turn his loan spell at Wigan into a permanent move, while Foster must now wait and hope another club offer him the opportunity of remaining in the Barclays Premier League, following Birmingham's relegation last season.

Villa will also step up their interest in Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia although Sunderland, Everton and Newcastle remain keen also.

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He'd be a good signing if injury free but no way we will pay those wages.

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five million? Absolutely no chance. He's a decent keeper but I'd rather spend that kind of money on someone a hell of a lot younger. And if anyone says that we bought 38 year old Friedel for 3 mill, yes fine, but MON overspent on just about every player he bought!!

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as said, injury free and he's a fantastic keeper. i honestly have my doubts whether we'd get more than a couple of years out of him before he retired with his shoulder though

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Not a fan, never have been good shot stopper and nothing more. I don't want any more City cast off's (other than Milner) especially one of that age who has spent a year sat on his ass.

Neither would I be impressed at that fee for him.

To conclude, no thanks.

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five million? Absolutely no chance. He's a decent keeper but I'd rather spend that kind of money on someone a hell of a lot younger. And if anyone says that we bought 38 year old Friedel for 3 mill, yes fine, but MON overspent on just about every player he bought!!

Pretty sure Brad Friedel weren't on £85,000 a week !

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i love how on one hand the media are saying we dont have a pot to piss in and we need to cut wages, and on the other hand theyre suggesting this

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five million? Absolutely no chance. He's a decent keeper but I'd rather spend that kind of money on someone a hell of a lot younger. And if anyone says that we bought 38 year old Friedel for 3 mill, yes fine, but MON overspent on just about every player he bought!!

Pretty sure Brad Friedel weren't on £85,000 a week !

Raspberry thingy!! :winkold:

Doesn't matter. This would be shocking business of true.

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Not a fan, never have been good shot stopper and nothing more. I don't want any more City cast off's (other than Milner) especially one of that age who has spent a year sat on his ass.

Neither would I be impressed at that fee for him.

To conclude, no thanks.

i don't often agree with you trent but i do on this occasion

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We should look at other teams sub keepers. Most of them are good enough to be number one's and obviously a more cheaper option - if we're tight on funds.

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We should look at other teams sub keepers. Most of them are good enough to be number one's and obviously a more cheaper option - if we're tight on funds.

isnt that what we're doing here thought?

i know ill be lynched, but what about gomez. looks like spurs want rid of him. prone to 3-4 absolute stinkers a season, but he's relatively young for a keeper and might sort that out

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Not a fan, never have been good shot stopper and nothing more. I don't want any more City cast off's (other than Milner) especially one of that age who has spent a year sat on his ass.

Neither would I be impressed at that fee for him.

To conclude, no thanks.

Exactly.

Glad it's not just me that thinks he's actually not that amazingly superb as many think.

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Not at those prices, half them both and id be interested.

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If we HAVE to sign old and infirm keepers, can't we sign Mark Shwarzer from Fulham instead? Won't cost us five million or be on 85k a week.

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Can someone tell me how the **** are we trimming down the wage bill if we're willing to pay that much for a GK?

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85k a week to flap about a bit. He'll be flying all the way to the bank.

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Can someone tell me how the **** are we trimming down the wage bill if we're willing to pay that much for a GK?

Its just speculation / bullshit article.

Theres no way we'd pay those wages IMKO

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