According to Sky Sports, the Potters are hoping to hijack Middlesbrough's pursuit of the Republic of Ireland international who is set to leave Villa Park before the new season.
Stoke are eyeing a possible replacement for Asmir Begovic, who continues to be linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, as the goalkeeping merry-go-round involving Real Madrid target David De Gea and recent Arsenal signing Petr Cech continues.
Given spent time on loan with Middlesbrough during the 2013/14 Championship season and is expected to make a permanent move to the Riverside Stadium although Potter boss Mark Hughes may have a say in the future of the former Newcastle United and Manchester City gloveman.
Stoke poised to make move for Aston Villa veteran Given
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