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The Irish Times reports this Monday morning that Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given is likely to sign for City within the next 48 hours.

Mark Hughes has been on the look out for an experienced 'keeper to steady the ship and help to bring on the excellent Joe Hart who has done City so proud against the odds of inexperience and battle fatigue. Given more than fits the bill with his vast Premier League experience.

The 32 year old, something of a Newcastle legend, has been brilliant for The Magpies this season almost single handedly repelling opponents who were threatening double figure scores.

Although a long time well settled in the North East he is understood to have become increasingly disillusioned with life at Newcastle under Mike Ashley's direction.

As The Irish Times pointed out:

'Following December's 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool, in which Given was brilliant, the goalkeeper ran straight down the tunnel and his representative Michael Kennedy released a statement three days later revealing Given's 'despondency' at the club's seemingly never-ending turmoil and increasing distance from the Premier League's elite.'

City have so far made two bids to Newcastle for Given and both have been rejected, but as the January Transfer window prepares to swing shut next week, the club hierarchy will know that should they now sell Given to a third City bid of around £10 million, they will still have time with which to use the money to strengthen their squad.

Newcastle's sweary gaffer Joe Kinnear has gone on record as saying Given is going nowhere. Furthermore, Newcastle are also known to have asked for MCFC Academy graduates Nedum Onuoha or Michael Johnson plus money for Given but with the clock ticking, both those stances are likely to be ditched by Newcastle with City's money sat on the table.

The fact that Newcastle have now offered Given's understudy Steve Harper a new 3 year contract all but confirms his departure is imminent.

Should Given sign for City this week it is highly unlikely that The Republic's Number One will represent either City or Newcastle in this Wednesday's important Premier League clash at Eastlands.


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Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Monday January 26 2009
Time: 4:36AM


Hope this move happens. Signing Shay Given will make a lot of City fans very happy. Jo Hart is Englands future number 1 but with a shaky defence his lack of expereience has been evident this season. Just pity the poor barcodes, because although Steve Harper is a good keeper, Given has kept some of their score-lines respectable this season. Newcastle should expect a few 2-0 losses to turn into 5-0 losses without Given. Can they stay up?
26/01/2009 09:31:00
Really dont think 10 mill on a keeper who is as good as what we have already makes buisiness sence. lets be honest, as good a keeper that given is, is he that much better than hart in terms of his command of area or handling ability. yes they are both good shot stoppers but thats about it. will given be happy with a place on the bench, or even worse, will hart be happy with a place on the bench. And ultimately, with our defensive record, will given stop dunne from scoring own goals....Really think we should pump our money into the defence and get an experienced keeper in his late 30's to mentor hart, someone who dosnt mind being on the bench
26/01/2009 09:52:00
Given has probably played almost as many games behind Dunne as Hart he should know how to save his "own goal" shots ..
26/01/2009 10:52:00
My main concern with Given is that he and Bellamy are supposedly not the best of mates, and had a bust up the last time Newcastle and W Ham met.
26/01/2009 11:36:00
Hart will learn more from Shay Given and Haty will up his game.Given certainly has saved the barcodes 10-15 points a season,he commands the area and that gives the defence more confidence.I have no problem with harty, but he is still learning and no-one to challenge hom for the no.1 shirt, with Schmikes constantly whining about going. I hope it happens and hope the pay the asking price, as Lb says that Dunney has played in front of SG many times and will be used to saving his back passes.
Buzz Lightyear
26/01/2009 17:08:00
Hart is very young for a Premiership keeper and has done remarkably well to get into the England squad too. He has a fantastic career ahead of him... Bringing in Shay Given will help rather than hinder his development. If Harty learns alongside Given everybody will benefit, except opposition strikers that is.
26/01/2009 17:22:00
Joe has been outstanding for his age but his control of the area is sometimes a little shakey. He will come on well with Shay alongside him in training and with the competition for the spot will get just that little more out of him.
26/01/2009 19:59:00
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