Ex-No 1 was just a bit-part player in the Midlands last campaign.
Veteran Aston Villa keeper Shay Given will only leave the Premier League club if they pay up the remaining three years on his big-money contract at Villa Park, says the Daily Star.
The experienced Republic of Ireland shot stopper has been in the Midlands for two seasons now since joining the club from Manchester City in a deal worth just £3.5 million.
However, after having been a first-team regular under previous head coach Alex McLeish in the previous campaign, when the 37-year-old made 32 Premier League appearances and 34 in all competitions, the goalkeeper has since lost his place between the sticks for the Villa to United States international Brad Guzan, featuring in only two matches in the top flight last season under new boss Paul Lambert.
And as a result, Given now wants a move away from Villa when the transfer window reopens for business on 1 June, although that would require his cash-strapped employers to pay off the remainder of his contract.