Given frustrated at bit-part Aston Villa role

Given, 37, has fallen out of favour at Villa under manager Paul Lambert and has made just nine appearances for the club since the end of the 2011-12 season.

The former Republic of Ireland international was linked with a switch to Liverpool in the recent transfer window that never materialised, while Championship outfit Doncaster Rovers also failed in a bid to sign the keeper.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1