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Redknapp Interested In Given – Keep On Dreaming

10:48 am, Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Tottenham Hotspur are looking for a new goalkeeper to replace Brazilian Heurelho da Silva Gomes, who was signed in June from PSV Eindhoven, for a fee believed to be around £7M.

Shay Given – Newcastle’s finest ever goalkeeper

But having watched Gomes a number of times this season, he just leaks too many goals, and he is like many Brazilian goalkeepers of the past, very weak on crosses.

We fully expect Harry to bring in a new goalkeeper, at the latest in January.

Given’s future at St James’ Park has been the subject of speculation for some time, and certainly during the summer, when he was yet again linked with Arsenal, but those were just rubbish reports.

We certainly don’t blame Harry for floating a trial balloon to see if Shay would be available. But it’s like a dream – he can dream how good Given would be for Spurs, and we’re sure Shay would be tremendous for the London side.

In retrospect, they probably should have kept Paul Robinson, as Harry could have got the best out of the English International, who lost some confidence last season, and is now at Blackburn.

Harry told The Daily mail today:

“Shay Given is a great goalkeeper who I admire. Any manager would have to be interested in him if he became available,”

Harry Redknapp is a big admirer of the Irish goalkeeper, who is again showing tip-top form, after struggling with groin injuries over the last two seasons. Shay has shown this season, he is still one of the very best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and Irish manager Giovanni Trapatonni has said he thinks he’s the equal of Juventus and Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, often thought to be the world’s best goalkeeper.

We’re sure Harry would love Shay at Tottenham, and Newcastle could also get a good fee for the Irishman, because he still has 5 years at the top – at the least  – given what American Brad Freidel, who is now 37, has been doing at Blackburn and Aston Villa.

Probably Harry’s best move would be for 25 year-old Ben Foster from Man United, who is third choice right now, and far too good a goalkeeper not to be playing in the Premier league. He had two great seasons at Watford, where he made 73 appearances, from 2005 to 2007, and has one England cap. He’s played just once for the Man United first team.

We expect Harry to try to get Ben on loan – and Foster could certainly get the job done for Spurs.

But back to Shay, who is still fully committed to Newcastle, following his 450th appearance for the club on Monday night, and we don’t think for one minute, Newcastle would consider selling the Irishman.

And we also don’t think that Shay would even think of leaving his beloved Newcastle.

He’s been a terrific servant of this club, and let’s not forget it.

Tags: Newcastle News · Shay Given · Transfer News and Rumours

60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Nov 5, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    If we had an owner who’d accept to sell Given for…let’s say 15 mill,i wouldn’t complain at all cos i know that money would be used to bring us 2 quality players in January.
    But with Ashley here,that money would go straight in his fat pocket.

  • 2 Mark Dixon // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    No Way would Given leave…

    This lad dont get enough credit were its due. Shay Given is the Number 1 keeper in the league in my eyes. He rarely makes any sort of mistake and some of his saves are nothing short of sensational. If he had a defence with the same capabilitities of say…….Chelsea then he would be even better!!

    Keep up the good work Shay…

    Your a Top Toon

  • 3 Ausgeordie // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    We need to get new owners in before Ashley has the chance to sell our best to line his pockets.

  • 4 AO // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    surely given would jump at the oppurtunity to join a big club like spurs. It might be his last chance for a big move. You have to feel sorry for the bloke having never won a trophy in his carrer after single handedly holding together the newcastle defence. He doesnt need the money so a move to a team where he has a realistic chance of winning silverware would be a good move. He is certainly to good for div 1 where newcastle are heading.

  • 5 toonarmy08 // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    whatever harry ‘twitchy redknapp ,you have nochance of getting shaymus .toon legend ,loves it here even if we are doing crap and with all the chance twitchy no chance .

  • 6 AO // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    so thats owen and given off to spurs!

  • 7 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Given has at least 6 more years to play on highest level.

  • 8 toonarmy08 // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    ao -jogg on you yidd .spurs must have got a really strong squad …….holding up the rest of the premiership.ed what are yids doing on here ?,get rid mate !!!!!!

  • 9 You've got DROGBA, We've got SHOLA!!(GG7) // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    why would given want to join a championship team?

  • 10 AO // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    rasko- totally agree , so he might as well use those years at a top club like spurs.

  • 11 Karltoon // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Winning the championship doesnt count as silverware!
    Given wont leave, no matter who it was too.. Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid (any ‘actual’ big club) He’s settled up here and has multiple ties to the community beyond football.. Not a chance..

    As for Owen, pay us enough and you can play doctors with him instead of us..

  • 12 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    AO…..Legends are not made by winning trophies,they’re made by their characters,their guts and their passion to stick to something they truly love…and that something is.. NEWCASTLE
    That’s something that your team will NEVER have.

  • 13 ginkoh // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    How dare they think who they are? They’re not even better than our team. So why they think player when move to Tottenham will be step forward?

  • 14 keith // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    they take owen as far as im concerned, given wont leave for spurs, if he does leave it be for a top 4 team and i dont think any toon fan would begrudge him that, but i still dont he would leave

  • 15 AO // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    he has given everything to newcastle but has never won a trophy. If harry comes calling he will be off for his first and final taste of the big time.

  • 16 Alan Curley // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    I have to admit, I’d forgive Given, and be even happy for him for Joining a Top 4 side or even one with realistic aspirations for breaking into the top 4 such as Aston Villa.
    He’s been the Best Keeper on Earth in my opinion over the last 11 years, I’d question any other Keeper such as cech or Buffon to perform as they do with a Newcastle defence in front of them, and fully deserves some silverware in his career whch to be honest, we’re Just not going to be able to give to him at Newcastle.
    But Spurs is not the place to go nor is it the place to get the silverware he deserves.
    A premier league medal or a champions league medal but not a Carling cup winners medal or a FA cup winners medal, Shay’s better than that.

  • 17 Fergie // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Given wouldn’t leave us for Spurs. I could accept it if he wanted to go to one of the top 4, but for some reason they have never come in for him which is strange, as in my eyes, he is on a par with Cech, Buffon and Casillas, but is probably more consistent than all three. Surely he wouldn’t want to join another soap opera that is Tottenham. The only way he would leave is to one of the top 4 or abroad, but i doubt he’ll do that. He is Irish, and an adopted Geordie. He understands and craves the passion of real supporters, who live and breath football, not (as Kevin Keegan put it) people who treat football like the theatre in London. Hopefully we will have a new owner in before the transfer window that will show their ambition by tying Given and Owen down to new long-term deals. By all means, i think spurs should go for Harper. He deserves the chance to prove what he can do and I think he would be a great signing for Spurs, and cheap too. Lets face it, he’s not better than Given and we need to start putting the likes of Krul and Forster towards the first team before they get unhappy and want to leave. Oh, and if Gomes cost £7m, then Given is worth at least £20m… so stump up or shut up Arry

  • 18 AO // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    alan curley- shays also better than staying at a mickey mouse club in trouble who had one good season 13 years ago when they blew an 11 point lead. Surely an fa cup or carling cup medal and playing in europe is better than wasting the rest of his career going nowhere.

  • 19 Ryan Peacock // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    given is a legend and if he did leave to a top 4 team you couldnt blame him but to spurs? that would be a bit dis tasteful imo!

  • 20 Shot Bru! // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Don’t think he will leave, but like Rasko says if he was to go we should ask for silly money, especially if tottingham come calling as they are desperate to replace Gomes the clown. If there’s one position we have strength and depth it’s the keeper dept. Does anyone know when Harper’s contract is up for renewal?

  • 21 cg // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    There are no suprise people are interested in Given. We have top goalies and undoubtely a major reason to keeping 3 or 1 points, or even preventing bigger losses.
    I wouldn’t be too concerned – dwelling further into that.

  • 22 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    I’d rather sell Given to Man City or trade him for Joe Hart+5mill.

  • 23 Andy G // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:32 AM


    is than an acronym for Arse Ole??

  • 24 Kevin Nichol // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    AO…You are a tool…F@CK off…

  • 25 listie // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Rednapp lost his chance to have Given, when he turned down the Newcastle job, now he has been exposed as twat he is, what was that quote when he was at Pompy, ” this is my final move i’m not moving anywhere” yeah right!!
    Pointless thread as Given would never be interested in the spuds, as said if on of the top 4 came calling, i’d be more worried, but the 5th team in London no chance

  • 26 Kevin Nichol // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Harpers contract runs out at the end of this season m8…He will be off

  • 27 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Does anyone know who was Given’s goalkeeper coach who made him the way he is now.

  • 28 Shot Bru! // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Rasko i think Terry Gennoe was blackburn keeper coach in the 90’s when given was there.

  • 29 killerK // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    dream on redknapp

  • 30 The Boss // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    AO – If you dont leave…. i will find you….and make you leave.

    this is a toon site for toon fans, so bore off.


  • 31 Shot Bru! // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Cheers for that Kevin, I guess you couldn’t blame Harper if he was to leave for regular football, he’s the best english keeper, leaving and getting first team football would be his chance to stake a claim as Englnd’s no1 for the world cup in south africa if they were to qualify.

  • 32 Stevo // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    AO – The spuds couldn’t attract players in the top Championship teams never mind Given. You are for the drop and you know it.

  • 33 Rasko a.k.a Hadji // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Thanks Shot Bru,i appreciate that.

  • 34 broon ale // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    does redknapp ever shut up about other teams players?

  • 35 Fergie // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    AO – one good season in 13 years? when was the last time Tottenham graced the Champions League? And it doesn’t look like you’ll be qualifying for Europe again any time soon. And Shay might want to ask his mate Robbie Keane why he was so eager to leave Shite Hart Lane and I think you’ll find the answer is ‘to win things’. not exactly the best endorsement for a player supposedly wanting to join a club that will win things.

  • 36 ToonKing // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    ahahah Lol this made my day….Shay Given to Spurs………..ahahhahahahha funny…

    PS: where are Spurs right now in the table.?…i can’t quite recall……they are 4th right?? or maybe…..3rd as they said all along…….quality team this Tottenham……………….NOT

  • 37 reillers // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    How would Spurs be an improvement, they’re bellow us on the table, below everyone last time I checked.
    I doubt it’s true, that he’ll go to Spurs.But what worries me is that, in the report it says that a close friend of Shay’s says that he’s ready to move to a club that can basically win things, that he’s nothing to show for his career, which has been bloody good in my opinion.

    Now the one thing about Shay is that he’s so modest but the one thing that is said, that we knowis that the really really wants to win cups and trophies before he finishes up. He’s not going to do that if he leaves here.

    Arsenal I wouldn’t mind at all (well to an extent) I wouldn’t hold it against him, he deserves a shot at the big time. But Spurs, they’ve about as good a chance as we do at winning a trophey in the next 10 years.

  • 38 Ageordiedoonsooth // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    AO Don’t be silly Spurs a bigger club than the Toon in your dreams & as far as Harry “stab you in the back” Redknap you’re welcome to him he might get you promoted back into the premier league in 2 years time. Given & Owen may leave us but it will certainly be for a bigger club not a smaller one like Spurs.

  • 39 Mark Dixon // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Can somebody please remove AO from these boards? I moderate afew forums and i would not tolerate this persons attitude. He has no right been on here and all he is doing is aggravating others.


    Oh and dont forget to block the IP Address!!

  • 40 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    If Redknapp has resorted to trying to unsettle players he has gone down in my opinion of him. He is a good manager and he proved it at Portsmouth but this is just being arrogant now. Given wont leave so you will have to look elswhere. AO, get a life Given wont be joining Spurs.

  • 41 KK FOREVER (Ross) // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    AO-my arse you’re a man utd fan, you’re fernando and you’re just too ashamed to admit it, hahaha.
    you want to abuse us, and not take stick for spurs, so you change your name and claim to be a man u fan so we have no reply. you’re pathetic!
    hows the view from down there big lad!? 😉

  • 42 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    And another point trying (and failing in Harry’s case) to unsettle players only works if the club doing it has more to offer. We are a good team and i dont think Spurs have more to offer than us. Given will stay and Spurs will not sign him.

  • 43 redeye // Nov 5, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    AO – if it wasn’t deemed wrong to laugh at retards, you’d be the funniest poster on here.

  • 44 ToonTonic // Nov 5, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    lol redeye

  • 45 SuperShearer // Nov 5, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Given came out recently and said he love Newcastle and how his family are settled here. I think it was Arsenal who were after him at the time, I think, I could be wrong that Arsenal are more likely to bring him success than Spurs so he won’t leave us for them muppets….but AO has made me laugh so I guess he’s good for something 😉

  • 46 Ever seen a mackem in Milan? // Nov 5, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Is AO even a spurs fan or just a idiot who likes critising us?

  • 47 Punk Skunk // Nov 5, 2008 at 1:32 PM


    …Triple it, at least!..

    …What a pile of steamin’ bullsh…Just like nando!..

  • 48 Punk Skunk // Nov 5, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    & spuds aren’t even as ‘useful’ as bullsh!..

  • 49 Sparky // Nov 5, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    AO – blow me u schmuck, smoke me slike a donkey, biiaattcchh…

    Toon Toon Black n White Army!

    Super Shay

  • 50 casper // Nov 5, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    if he was to move to a top 4 team i could understand but spurs would be a major step down!

  • 51 Punk Skunk // Nov 5, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Interestingly, spuds now have Mr. potatoe heed as coach, maybe should go for the set & get agbonthehoare?..

  • 52 Punk Skunk // Nov 5, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    & if we’re so shite, why do they want our players?..

  • 53 Nick // Nov 5, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Personally I think 7M for a nearly 33 year old (recently very badly injured) seems a great deal!!

    Shay is very good, but we have potentially the world’s best in KRUL, who is not getting enough games where it counts in the first team squad.
    We aso have the excellent Harper.

    I would say Krul & Harper are both better on crosses, communication with their defence and distribution than Given.

    I don’t think it’s the end of the world if Given and / or Owen moved on and we saved absolute fortunes in wages. But as Rasko says, the money probably won’t come to the club but rather to Ashley. But who knows?

  • 54 Turkish Magpie // Nov 5, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Newcastle has the best goalkeeping clinic in the prem!
    official list

    1st – Newcastle
    2nd- chelsea
    3rd – Man U
    4th – Portsmouth
    5th- Sunderland

    If given is sold, Joe kinnear has access to that money!


    Top class Keepers, we’ve seen Krul and Forster and how good they are !

    We always know Givens got one more game left!


  • 55 nu // Nov 5, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    bye bye shay whoo

  • 56 Punk Skunk // Nov 5, 2008 at 4:49 PM

    Aye Nick,
    i think most on here know my views on Shay, but if spuds or anyone else with cash want him they should pay thru the nose, ‘cos every ‘pundit’ has always bigged him up so he must be worth loads more…No cheap deals to the spuds especially!..
    …He has a wealth of prem experience & still got plenty of good years in him!..

  • 57 iain // Nov 5, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    considering hes had the chance to go arsenal more than once the chances of him going to spurs are zero or less.

    shay is simply not the kind of man to move to london either his family are far too well settled up here

  • 58 AltaBatalJoneN // Nov 5, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    I would have to say SELL on this one.. Hopefully to A.C Milan or another italian team. Sell him while we can still get something for him.. Its not that big differece between Given and Harper, and if we don’t do something soon then we will loose one of the biggest talents in the world when Tim Krul decides to leave.. Promote Harper to nr. 1 keeper, and Krul as a backup for him.. And then we still have Forster and the young sweede.

  • 59 Paul:D // Nov 5, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    good luck at ya future club shay….to be honest id encourage him to go to tottenham, cuz if he wants to leave…fine..i dont care what club it is…just that tottenham are the sortof team to pay 10m for a 5m player…so we could sell shay, which tbh, we dont really need cuz we got harper…then spend the 10m ish as a replacent for owen if he leaves, or if not a replacement for butt..or another 10 jonas’s 😀

  • 60 Raghav // Nov 6, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    given still has atleast 5-6 years left in could u guys even think about given leaving about what he has done for the club.To sell one of the best player that we have so that another one doesnt gets upset & leaves is idiotic.Given is number one choice & will be so.If others are good they will come to first team.

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