Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka targets Shay Given extension

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka hopes to extend Shay Given's loan switch from Aston Villa.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has revealed that he would like to keep Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given at the club until the end of the season.

The 37-year-old joined the Championship club on a month-long loan switch in November to cover Jason Steele's three-match suspension.

Karanka hopes that Given will prolong his stay at the Riverside Stadium now that Steele has picked up an ankle injury.

"We will be having discussions with Aston Villa," Clubcall.com quotes Karanka as saying.

"It depends on what Shay wants and on what Aston Villa want to do, but I would like to have him here for the whole of the season. That would be my choice, but it is not just up to me."

Given has said that he hopes to secure a permanent move away from Villa Park in January.

Shay Given of Aston Villa celebrates as Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa scores their second goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Aston Villa and Ipswich Town at Villa Park on January 5, 2013
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