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Tigers bid for Given rejected by Villa boss Lambert

Paul Lambert has rejected Hull City's bid to sign Shay Given but may review the situation in the new year.

Lambert blocked Steve Bruce's audacious move to offer goalkeeper Given an escape route from his frustration on the sidelines at Aston Villa.

Given, the former Republic of Ireland international, has lost his place to Brad Guzan and Hull were keen to take him on loan for a month.

Bruce had already bolstered the Irish contingent at the KC Stadium in recent weeks by bringing in Robbie Brady and David Meyler on loan.

The 36-year-old earns more than £60,000 a week at Villa and has over three-and-a-half years left on his contract, following his £3million move from Manchester City in the summer of 2011.

Given is expected to start on the bench for Saturday's game at home to Arsenal, with record signing Darren Bent also set to be available after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.


Bent has also been sidelined since the arrival of Christian Benteke from Genk and Lambert has challenged the England international to prove his commitment. He said: "Everyone has to show their worth. I have no favourites. I judge them as equals. I'm trying to get the best out of them and I've got to do what it takes to get the best out of them.

"There isn't an issue -- at least not at my end there isn't. I have 20-odd lads to look after.

"Goalscorers are the same, they thrive on scoring.

"The team is playing well and talking about Darren is deflecting from other guys who have come in and done really well."