Middlesbrough sign former Newcastle Utd keeper Shay Given on loan

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Middlesbrough have signed former Newcastle Utd goalkeeper Shay Given on loan

The experienced 37-year-old Ireland international has struggled to break into the Aston Villa first team and is expected to play against Bolton at the Riverside on Saturday.

Boro’s regular No1 Jason Steele is suspended for Aitor Karanka’s first home game as the club’s head coach.

Jayson Leutwiler had been on stand-by to deputise and the Swiss stopper will no doubt be disappointed to miss out on a chance to stake his claim.

SportMail understands Boro were close to landing two exciting targets before today’s 5pm loan deadline but ran out of time to push deals through.

However, those deals could be resurrected in January.