Transfer Deadline 2013: Liverpool interested in Aston Villa castoff

Stu Forster

Shay Given is apparently a Liverpool target now. Huh.

It seems as if Brendan Rodgers is interested in bringing in a veteran to help bolster his club for early-stage club matches and not much else, if rumours are to be believed. After signing Simon Mignolet to replace the oustered Pepe Reina during the summer, Rodgers now has his eyes on Aston Villa's Shay Given. While he has hardly played recently, it's worth remembering that Given came into the 2012-13 season as Aston Villa's first-choice keeper, and as recently as the first half of the 2011-12 season was one of the best keepers in England.

It's likely that the move wouldn't cost Liverpool too much, as despite those bonafides, Given's stock has dropped significantly in the past few months. The real sticking point would be salary concerns, as Given is signed on a long contract that pays him quite well. If those can be negotiated, this is another of those deals in which Aston Villa should take whatever they can get. They've got Brad Guzan starting, and Jed Steer proved his mettle - at least as a backup - in Wednesday's clean sheet against Rotherham United. Given is surplus now, and anything the club can get for him is basically free money.

There's a chance the deal could be completed today, and we'll be sure to let you know if that happens. In the meantime, don't forget to bookmark our Transfer News and Rumours hub, where we'll put all the news that happens over the weekend.

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