Report: Chelsea considering surprise move for Villa star

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There are sensational reports that Chelsea are looking at making a move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given.

Chelsea are considering making a move for Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Given has barely played over the last few seasons at Villa Park with age catching up with him, but Chelsea still apparently think he could have a role to play for them.

Jose Mourinho's side are on the hunt for an experienced reserve goalkeeper and they reportedly feel that Given could be an option.

He is apparently on a list of targets alongside Celtic's Craig Gordon and Queens Park Rangers' Rob Green and could make a move to Stamford Bridge this summer. 

Impact for Villa?

The loss of Given would not directly impact on the quality of Villa's starting line-up because the Midlands side have regularly started with Brad Guzan in recent times.

Guzan has been one of the Villans' most reliable performers and there has been little suggestion that Given would replace him as first-choice again.

However, the Republic of Ireland international has been lined up to go into a coaching role at the club and it would be strange to see him leave to sit on another team's substitutes' bench.

Although Given would likely receive a pay incease if he did complete a move to the London club, his chances of playing at Chelsea - where Thibaut Courtious looks set to dominate the number one position - are even more limited than at Villa. 

It is, therefore, a move that would surely go down as one of the more surprising in recent times but Mourinho may think his knowhow would be important for the Chelsea squad to learn from. 

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