Report: Burnley keen to keep Shay Given in Premier League

Stoke City's Shay Given

Burnley's Sean Dyche has a great number one keeper in Tom Heaton, but he is looking for an experienced goalkeeper to join his squad and he thinks he has found his man in Shay Given.

Having been released by Stoke City earlier this summer, Shay Given is currently training with non-league Macclesfiel. But he may jump at the chance that Sean Dyche is offering to join him at Burnley, according to the Sun.

At 41 Given probably did not expect to get another Premier League club knocking on his door, but he recently spoke on TalkSport and admitted: "I 'd like to play another season if the offer is there, Alan [Brazil]. But obviously, if it's not, I'll probably call it a day. I still feel fit, I still feel good....hopefully something will be out there." 

Stoke City's Shay GivenShay Given playing for Stoke City

Dyche has Nick Pope as well as Tom Heaton as his first team goalkeepers, while Paul Robinson, former-England keeper, has retired this week.

Given lost his spot at Stoke City when Lee Grant won his place back in the side. Then Jack Butland recovered from his long-term injury and was restored as Mark Hughes' number one keeper.

It is unlikely that Given will get many opportunities to add to his 451 Premier League appearances. He only made five appearances at Stoke City last season and totalled 19 saves. But it is the experience that will be a valuable asset for Dyche to have around on the training field.

If Given decides as a free agent to join the Lancashire club, it will be Burnley's fourth signing of this transfer window, following the signings of Jack Cork, Charlie Taylor and Jon Walters.

Shay Given - Republic of IrelandShay Given - Republic of Ireland

The Irish mixture that Dyche is trying to add to the team also bodes well, when considering what players like Jon Walters and Shay Given have achieved internationally.  

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