Given may be on his way to Doncaster

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Given may be on his way to Doncaster
Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has been linked with Doncaster Rovers.

Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given has been linked with Doncaster Rovers.

The 37-year-old goalkeeper is not in Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert’s plans and will be allowed to leave the club on loan.

Doncaster are also believed to be chasing Given’s Villa teammate Richard Dunne, who is a free agent having missed the entire season.

The 33-year-old centre-half ended a year out with a persistent groin injury by playing the final 25 minutes of a 4-0 friendly win over Georgia in Dublin.

Hull City and Celtic are also rumoured to be interested in Given - but with a cash injection Rovers could be ready to compete for the Premier League veteran.

It has been reported in England that the Championship club have an “Irish group with horse racing interests have their eyes on Rovers”.

Given started only two Premier League matches for the midlands club last season before losing his place to American Brad Guzan.

The Lifford native did play in the cup competitions.

However, Villa were knocked out of the FA Cup at Millwall in the fourth round and lost 4-3 on aggregate to League Two Bradford City in the Capital One League Cup semi-final.

Given began his career at Celtic before being freed in his teens. He has gone on to play almost 600 club games for Blackburn Rovers, Swindon Town, Sunderland, Newcastle United, Manchester City and Villa, and 125 times for his country - an Irish record until Robbie Keane beat it the week before last in the 3-0 win over the Faroe Island in a World Cup qualifier played at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

Given made his Ireland debut as an 18-year-old in an international friendly against Russia at Lansdowne Road before making his final appearance in Poznan in the 2-0 loss against Italy at Euro 2012.