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Roma are lining up a loan move for Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given, according to the Daily Mail.

The 34-year-old is unsettled at Eastlands as manager Roberto Mancini has predominantly preferred Joe Hart between the sticks this season.

Given has made no secret of his desire to leave the club in January in search of first-team football, with a number of teams including Celtic, Fulham and Manchester United linked with a move for the Republic of Ireland international over recent months.

The Serie A side are now the latest team said to be plotting a January loan move which would last until the end of the current season.

Roma were also rumoured to be interested in the shot stopper last summer, where they were reportedly willing to pay £2 million plus a player to seal the deal, but it eventually did not materialise.

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is believed to have played a major part in Roma’s interest.

The Italian wants his No.1 goalkeeper to play regularly and made several Serie A clubs aware of the player's availability earlier in the year.

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