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Manchester City is understood to be monitoring the situation surrounding Newcastle United's unsettled keeper, Shay Given.

Mark Hughes is known to be on the lookout for a new goalie, someone who can give Joe Hart a run for his money, but would Given be that person?

Given's time at Newcastle is untenable especially when his solicitor, Michael Kennedy published the following statement.

"Shay is very despondent following the very poor performance of the team against Liverpool last weekend. It was the lowest point of his football career and a performance that he would not wish to be repeated."

"When he signed a new five-year contract in 2006 it was on the basis that the club would challenge for major honours, but on the present evidence all that he can see ahead with the turmoil on and off the pitch is a battle for survival."

"Having served the club loyally for over 11 years, Shay feels compelled to consider his position in the light of the interest being expressed in him by Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham."

What do you think? Should Sparky go after the Republic of Ireland keeper and if so, how much do you think would be a reasonable offer?

Have your say now by visiting our forums.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 2 2009

Time: 9:16AM

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go and get him wont find a better keeper than him....and he will teach Hart a hell of a lot too......
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02/01/2009 09:42:00

Most definitely a quality signing, cheaper than Buffon and just as good imo. Would make most City fans happy!
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02/01/2009 10:33:00

Great admirer of Shay Given, will add quality, if newcastle are prepared to let go.Has had injury problems, but with a statement issued via his solicitor, Newcastle cannot complain after 11 years loyal service.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/01/2009 10:39:00

Joe Heart is a good keeper, right? Why another then?
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02/01/2009 12:27:00

JT_daniel We all know Joe Hart is a good keeper and one day he will be a great keeper. However on occassions his inexperience shows through, this is something that can be rectified with the assitance of an experienced 'keeper. For me no one better than Shay Given at a realistic price.
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02/01/2009 15:51:00

Absolutely alphie. If we get Given on the back of Bridge's signing, then that's two top quality players in with Prem and international experience. Vital.
Johnny Baguette
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02/01/2009 16:00:00

Joe Hart is an inexperienced goalkeeper that would not be first choice in any top 4 team. Look at how Utd have loaned out Ben Foster for years. His positioning at crosses is poor, his distribution is far from top notch and his organising of the defence in front of him leads a lot to be desired. He is a good shot stopper and should develop into a very good keeper one day. He has this season developed a habit of palming the ball across his own goal and cost us a few goals too. Lets not make him what he isn't like with Richards. He is not a top world class goalkeeper such as Buffon or Casillas and may never get to that level. Further, he is not an international quality goalkeeper like Diego Lopez or Given yet despite getting a cap. There is also some better young goalkeepers in the world at the moment such as the chap at Valladolid. Goalkeeper as Centre Forward is a key position in a team that is always the difference between a top winning team and also rans. This is why Chelsea swapped the faultless Cudicini for the world class Cech and raised eyebrows at the time. No one thinks that was the wrong move now, do they? If we have the money we should sign the best goalkeeper we can afford and have Hart learn from him and through experience gained through loans where his positional mistakes and lack of experience cannot lose us trophies. I hope he is good enough to be our No1 in 3/4 years when he has improved but if we really have ambition to reach the top he needs replacing with the best we can get. In fact it could smash his confidence as his mistakes are highlighted the higher we aim due to his inexperience. No1 goalkeeper is not a training position at any top club.
City Girl
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02/01/2009 16:03:00

Here I am giving an alternative view again. We should buy Buffon and let our owners sort the price. The spine of the team should be the best we can afford. What is the point in having the investment if it does not fasttrack us to the top. The current squad that remain can fill other positions that are not so critical or be reserves. On consideration, I am not sure Given is that big of an improvement on Hart. We need a goalkeeper who is tactically top notch and can assist in organising the defence especially on crosses and set pieces. Newcastle have always been a shambles in defence so it is hard to assess if it is just due to bad defenders or his inability to marshall them correctly. We have waited long enough why take the risk, if he was top 4 material surely one of them would have taken a punt on him over the last 11years.
City Girl
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02/01/2009 17:05:00

City must ensure Joe Hart's full potential is achieved over time. He will need a goalkeeping colleague who gives him competition. Given is good enough on both counts and it would be a difficult decision for Hughes to decide who will be number one choice.
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02/01/2009 18:35:00

Cracking posts City Girl.
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02/01/2009 19:11:00


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