Liverpool goalkeeper target Shay Given remains available on loan – but at a price.
The Guardian reports that Aston Villa are willing to listen to offers for the player, but won’t allow the former Republic of Ireland international to leave the Midlands on the cheap.
Given has dramatically fallen down the pecking order at Villa Park, losing his first team place to Brad Guzan and then his spot on the bench to 20-year-old Jed Steer, who was signed from Norwich in the summer transfer window.
The 37-year-old was linked with a move to Anfield last month, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly keen to bring the player to Merseyside.
However, the Reds were only willing to pay a fraction of the players wages in a loan deal, the report claims, with his £3million-a-year salary a major stumbling block in any move away from Villa Park.
Liverpool isn’t in desperate need of a keeper, with Simon Mignolet impressing at the start of the season following his arrival and Pepe Reina's departure to Napoli on loan.
And, if the former Manchester City star was to be on the bench for the Reds, then the club is unlikely to spend big on his wages.