Friday media watch [30.08.13 AM]: Given linked with Reds
Birmingham Mail: Fabian Delph has thanked the Villa Park fanbase for their patience and confessed he probably would have got fed up of waiting for him to find form if he was a supporter. Delph received a standing ovation from the claret and blue faithful after his latest man-of-the-match display in Wednesday's Capital One Cup win over Rotherham.
Birmingham Mail: Jores Okore is dreaming of becoming a member of the 'Wide Awake Club' after laughing off falling asleep in his Villa medical. Despite sitting out the opening-day win at Arsenal, 21-year-old Okore has been thrown straight into Premier League action with a debut from the bench at Chelsea and a start against Liverpool.
Birmingham Mail: Villa's travelling claret and blue army will get free coach trips to ten Premier League matches this season, courtesy of the club. Between them the 20 Premier League clubs have set aside £4million to improve the experience of visiting fans.
The Sun: Liverpool want Shay Given as back-up to new Kop keeper Simon Mignolet.
Mirror: Shay Given is wanted by Liverpool to provide cover for Simon Mignolet. Brendan Rodgers is keen to add some experience to his goalkeeping department after Pepe Reina joined Napoli and Given is frozen out at Aston Villa.
Times: Liverpool are prepared to offer Shay Given, the Aston Villa goalkeeper, a one-year loan deal as back-up to Simon Mignolet.
Guardian: Liverpool have made a surprise move for the veteran goalkeeper Shay Given as Brendan Rodgers seeks experienced cover for Simon Mignolet.
Daily Telegraph: Liverpool are hoping to sign Shay Given as a back-up goalkeeper. Given, currently at Aston Villa, will be offered a short-term contract by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who is keen for more experienced cover for new Anfield No.1 Simon Mignolet.
Daily Mail: Liverpool are closing in on a surprise deal to make Shay Given their No.2 goalkeeper. Given had been linked with a move to Doncaster earlier tis summer but that failed to materialise.
The Sun: Torquay striker Liam Prynn has scraped a £50,000 dream move to Aston Villa because he is homesick.
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