The 25-year-old is understood to be undergoing a medical at City ahead of a proposed £8million switch, less than a week after publically committing his future to Villa.
The England worldwide had publicly stated his decision to stay at Villa Park before making a U-turn and signing for City.
Given also left Villa in the summer to join Stoke City on a free transfer.
Former Aston Villa goalkeeper David James told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he feels it’s always going to be hard for the club to keep their key players, while they are on certain structured contracts.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are planning a fresh bid for Everton defender John Stones and Liverpool could confirm the capture of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
‘They’ve got a great set of players, I think he’s happy he made [the decision] now.
“At the end of the day has been given this opportunity to play for a team challenging for the Premier League and playing in the Champions League and they don’t come around too often”.
It’s a tricky situation for Aston Villa and Tim Sherwood because of the delicate nature they have to go about dealing with their better players. ‘Knowing Tim Sherwood as I do I think he’ll have a master plan going on behind the scenes.
‘It’s such a big club, Aston Villa, and the fans will be biting their nails at home hoping they’ll get some big players in before the window closes.’.