Given ready to take pay cut to join Aston Villla

Updated: Jul 09, 2011, 18:51 PM IST

London: Manchester City keeper Shay Given is ready to take a 25,000 pound-a-week pay cut to join Aston Villa.

Keeper Given, 35, is close to a four million pound move from Manchester City, but Villa is unwilling to match his whopping 80,000-pound weekly wages.

Villa``s top earners are all paid around 55,000 pound before bonuses and Given has been told that he can expect to join them, a newspapers reports.

Given, likely to agree a three-year deal this weekend, has fallen behind Joe Hart at Eastlands.

A close pal said: “Shay knows Villa will not pay the wages City do but this is a football decision and he wants to play.”

Villa is prepared for an improved 18 million pound bid from Liverpool for winger Stewart Downing. But sources insist they will stand firm.