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.