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Given in desperate plea for fresh loan


Shay Given of the Republic of Ireland

Shay Given of the Republic of Ireland


Shay Given of the Republic of Ireland

Shay Given has made clear that he is desperate get out of Aston Villa as soon as possible as he adjusts to life back on the sidelines.

The Donegal native has returned to Birmingham after the end of the emergency loan period at Middlesbrough, a stay with the Championship club extended to the maximum timeframe of 93 days before it expired after last weekend's clash with Leeds.

Aston Villa refused to allow Given (right) to prolong his stay on Teeside until the end of the season when it was possible to do so during the January transfer window.

However, he can join another Championship club on loan before the end of the March and has indicated he would be very keen to do so.

Either way, he is desperate to leave in the summer, although that may require some compromise from the 37-year-old as he still has two years remaining on a £60,000-a-week contract.

"Hopefully something will happen in the summer somewhere," says Given, who has been linked with an Ireland return after an impressive nine clean sheets in his 15 Boro outings.

"It has been really frustrating not playing and the window doesn't open until the summer, so maybe there is a Championship club out there who might want me.

"I might go back out on loan again somewhere before the end of March. Aston Villa want me out of the door, so something might happen."

Middlesbrough signed Real Madrid 'keeper Tomas Osorio on loan for the remainder of the campaign to compensate for the departure of the ex-Newcastle and Man City netminder.

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill indicated last week that Given would need to resolve his club situation at the end of the campaign before a firm decision could be made on whether he is part of the Euro 2016 campaign.

Irish Independent