Is Aston Villa allowed to have a goalkeeper with hair? Shay Given ponders this exact question. He may also have to change his name to Brad.
Shay Given has successfully completed his medical and finalized the personal terms in his agreement with Aston Villa, with £3.5m going to Manchester City in return for the goalkeeper. That's probably the amount of change that can be found in Sheikh Mansour's couch cushions, but hey, they can't expect a Corinthians-type bid for a 35 year old keeper who played something like three games last season.
Now all that's left is to hand the Irishman the number 1 shirt (speaking of, have we seen the new keeper kits from Nike? Are they as atrocious as last season's? Can we have a new kitmaker yet?) and snap a few photos of the Villa's first signing under Alex McLeish. No complaints here: Given is steady in front of net and, provided that his shoulder -- which was operated on back in February, with Given out for three months -- holds up, should be an adequate replacement for Brad Friedel.
His accent's nicer, anyway.