Given passes Stoke medical

The 39-year-old Republic of Ireland international spent three months on loan at Middlesbrough during the 2013-14 season and the Sky Bet Championship side looked set to sign him on a permanent deal earlier in the week.

But Stoke appeared to have trumped Boro after entering the race for Given, with Aston Villa likely to release him from the final year of his contract.

Mark Hughes’ side fly out to Singapore this week with Asmir Begovic in their tour party, despite the Potters’ No 1 ‘keeper having been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United during the transfer window.

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