City stopper set to be first McLeish signing
Published 23:02 08/07/11 By James Nursey
Shay Given will be Alex McLeish’s first signing and the Aston Villa boss is closing in on Alan Hutton.
New Villa chief McLeish made securing a new keeper to replace Brad Friedel, who quit for Spurs, his first priority.
And now Given, 35, is set to join permanently next week from Manchester City in a £2million deal.
McLeish originally wanted to bring Ben Foster with him from Birmingham but the move was scrapped due to the bad blood between the clubs.
Now Ireland international Given is poised to complete a medical and agree personal terms of £50,000-a-week.
He also had the chance of a move to West Brom and Italian Serie B side Sampdoria, but neither could come up with an acceptable package.
City have lined up Sunderland’s Craig Gordon to replace Given for around £2m. Villa winger Stewart Downing is expected to leave for Liverpool with McLeish up against Sunderland’s Steve Bruce in the race for Wigan striker Charles N’Zogbia.
Spurs’ Scotland right-back Hutton, 26, is also likely to join after playing under McLeish at Rangers.