There are several reports this morning that teams are after both Newcastle United star goalkeeper Shay Given and left-winger and occasional left-back Charles N’Zogbia.
Shay Given – reported £8M bid from Arsenal
The news this morning is that Arsenal have offered a straight £8M cash deal for Given, who is one of, if not the best goalkeeper in the Premier league, and seems to be getting even better with age.
Of course Tottenham Hotspur will also be interested in the Irishman, and the news today is they could offer 19 year-old left back Gareth Bale as bait in a cash plus player deal for Given.
As far as Charles is concerned, clubs interested in him are touted as Aston Villa, Arsenal and Spurs, and the reports suggest that Martin O’Neill is willing to offer Newcastle £5M for N’Zogbia – which is not enough.
But this may not be a good move in any case for Charles, since O‘Neill is said to want the 22 year-old Frenchman only as a back up to Ashley Young, Gabriel Agbonlahor and former Newcastle winger James Milner.
Since Charles want to play as many games as he can, this may not be a move that would work for him, even if Newcastle would let him move from Tyneside – which is doubtful.
While it’s good that other clubs recognize we have some good players currently in the squad, the last thing we should be doing in January is selling some of our best players.
What we need to do is add to the squad so we have a bigger squad come February, and with all our best players still intact.
Selling either Given or N’Zogbia would signal some desperation at the Newcastle club, and there should be enough money in the pot to suitably rebuild the squad in January, without having to sell some of our better players.
If there isn’t enough money for transfers, then owner Mike Ashley should get on his bike and leave Newcastle.