Aston Villa Transfer Rumours: Why Shay Given Offers the Best Value on the Market

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Aston Villa Transfer Rumours: Why Shay Given Offers the Best Value on the Market
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With the inflated transfer fees in European football, great value-signings are difficult to find.

Although the expensive, marquee stars are the main talking points of the summer transfer window, bargain buys and steal-deals can become key players in the new campaign.

Middle of the table clubs, such as Everton, Aston Villa, Stoke City and Fulham, have limited transfer budgets, which forces managers to search for the best value available.

With Brad Freidel signing a two-year deal with Tottenham, Aston Villa are without a first-choice keeper.

Manchester City's Shay Given has been heavily linked with the club, and looks set to make the move next week.

The Republic of Ireland No. 1 has become a forgotten man at Eastlands with the emergence of Joe Hart, but he is still a top-quality goalkeeper.

Here are the reasons why Given is the best value on the market.

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