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Shay Given hoping for loan move

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given's hopes of a loan move to revive his career in the January transfer window depend on finding a club prepared to pay around 50 percent of his £55,000-a-week salary.

Shay Given has been on the bench for Villa
Given has hardly played for Villa in the last 14 months.

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Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Given has made no secret of his desire to move on after being demoted to third-choice 'keeper by manager Paul Lambert.

Given, who has two years remaining on his contract, has barely figured for Villa in 14 months, and the summer signing of Jed Steer from Norwich City has pushed him further out of contention.

Lambert has said the 37-year-old will be allowed to move if a suitable offer comes in, but the player fears he will struggle to find an escape route unless Villa are willing to be more flexible over his salary.

Liverpool have expressed an interest in taking the ex-Newcastle United goalkeeper, who had reportedly been close to moving to Anfield in the summer.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to still want an experienced back-up for Simon Mignolet, and could revive his interest in January.

"One thing with Shay is that he has been excellent. He is a great pro. I've spoken to Shay, and if something happens we will look at it. He wants to play," Lambert was quoted as saying in the Birmingham Mail.

"Shay is still a positive influence about the place, and he trains really hard. I know he is disappointed with the situation but, when you get a good pro, you know you can work with him."

Lambert is also willing to allow defender Alan Hutton move on loan, but said there had so far been no suitable offers for the Scotland international, who saw a move to Mallorca fall through in the summer.

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