Given And N’Zogbia Attracting Transfer Bids


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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115 comments so far

  • BT9MAG

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Gareth Bale yes – Given to the Spuds no…and 8m? Having a laugh!

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  • Daniel

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #2

    MA has tried getting on his bike and leaving, he can’t so now we need to accept him. If we could get Bale + 5m or so for Given that’d be a decent deal imo, we’ve got Harper to come in and it’d give Krul/Foster a chance.

    Wouldn’t want rid of N’Zogbia.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    Zoggy for the right money ok, but no way ever to given!

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  • Simon

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    I would obviously rather we got rid of harper, but the main thing would be that the youngsters would then be given the chance, something krul for one needs. I think bale plus cash would be hard to turn down

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  • adam

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    if given goes i will be livid!

    now that ashley isnt going to sell the club, i hope he appoints a proper manager in the summer.

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  • Legs

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #6

    WHEY! sell Zoggy, after all we have our world beater Duff……..F–k me.

    I don’t want Joe making decisions about who will leave our club.

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  • nufc4life

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    not a chance we cant loose any1 in jan unless we get 3 players to 1 our squad is threadbare and loosing your best players would be self-destruct.
    imagine if we kept milner our midfield wouldnt be avin the trouble wer avin at the min

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  • Toon in Denmark

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Peter Friis Jensen is joining Newcastle accotding to reports over here.

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  • Toon in Denmark

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Peter Friis Jensen is joining Newcastle according to reports over here.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    To be fair, what has zoggy offered us except of the goal against the spuds? Face it, he simply can not cross and every leftback will have a very hard time if he plays in front of him!!

    We need players who alse work up and down the line, zoggy isn’t playing backwards as jonas does and that’s causing us problems!

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  • Dan157

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Is this part of Ashley’s plan to ‘Drive the club forward into 2009’ more like piledrive it into the ground.

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  • Daniel

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #12

    nufc4life – yes we would, Milner cannot play in the centre of Midfield and is a worse player than Jonas.

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  • Dan157

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Our squad is’nt big enough to start selling, what if we sell and then aren’t able to land our targets afterwards.

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #14

    Cash plus Bale hmmm maybe but isn’t Bale injury prone?

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  • ELFER

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    nufc4life, saying that we must not let go anyone, don’t you think all other clubs also think like that?

    I would go for youngsters in championship or in ligue un (sissoko and sakho).

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  • steve

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #16

    “Ashley should get on his bike and leave Newcastle” – where have you been, he’s been trying to do that for months and can’t find a buyer.

    I’m in two minds about Given – on one hand I think he should stay as he’s a proven world class goalie but on the other he’s been a great loyal player for th etoon and probably deserves to end his career winning some silverware which sadly isn’t going to happen at the toon. However I think a bid of between 12-15 million is realistic.

    Zogs is a strange one as he seems to often be “misquoted” in the press as saying he wants to leave – he’s been one of newcastle best players of late and it would be a shame to lose him but as they say you can’t keep someone against thier will and we should try and get maximum money for him – I reckon we should be able to get between 10-12 million

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Toon in Denmark

    Who is he mate? Also, can you post a link?

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  • Nick

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Why does everyone always fear the worst.
    Mentally I think Shay needs to move for his own sanity. He’s earned it. Having the best keeper didn’t alter the result. If we can get 8-10M for a 33 year old and still have Harper and much more importantly KRUL (best young keeper bar none,) then it’s not so bad.

    N’Zogbia runs in to too many blind alleys and loses the ball far too many times. Lua Lua looks a far better bet to me.

    But above all we need to get rid of Joke kinnear as he is turning out to be just another Allardyce.

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  • Legs

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Zog could be molded into brilliance, I believe the word is potential. Something our teams OAP’s no longer have.

    The problem being we don’t have the coaches or manager to develop talent. Give Charles to Arsene for a season or two and they’d have a star IMO.

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  • xisco biscuits

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #20

    ELFER – hard to argue with that mate. i liek zog but he hasnt improved enough over the last year or two. he doesnt protect his full-back, he’s woeful at left-back and his final ball and decision-making has not improved enough. if we were to sell him we’ve got be looking for £10m minimum, and NOT before we have a replacement in the bag

    as for given i think all we can do is say, “we’ve had a bid, are you interested?” if he says yes then we let him talk so long as the bid is good for us. he deserves a shot at trophies!! also, we need to start giving krul a chance or we’ll lose the future best keeper in the prem. i’d ask arsenal for a player + £5m cash for shay

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #21

    lets sell everyone, knock down the stadium and turn it into a casinio/film studio. lets just get it over with, ashley is taking too long to kill us off, its like some form of a chinese torture.

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  • BLACK + WHITE BLOOD

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #22

    Agree with some comments…If we get rid of any of our squad we need 3 players in to replace one out as we have no competition for places at the min due to injuries..

    We really need to keep everyone we have and get in about 6 players!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DEFENCE LB, RB, CB, AM x2, STRIKER!! Maybe two strikers!!??

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  • keith

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #23

    who is peter friis jensen toon in denmark? any good? where does he play? how much? I for one would not begrudge given a move to a top 4 club like arsenal, i would hate him to go but if he wanted to i wouldnt stand in his way or blame anyone just thank him for his service to the club

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #24

    Is anyone else finding it hilarious how Aston Villa are tying their hardest to justify the ridiculous price they paid for Milner with daily or weekly praise for the player? lol.

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  • BLACK + WHITE BLOOD

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #25

    Actually you have a point SELL EVERYONE and buy a new team from scratch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Given’s going nowhere – he’s said time and again that he wants to see out his career here.

    And Zog was utterly useless on Sunday. I’d rather see Lua Lua get his spot, to be honest. Not that I’d want to see either of ’em leave.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #27

    spyro, i think 12 million was a snip for them. i bet he will be worth alot more by end of the season. capello has already said on record that milner is the future of england. we should have kept him.

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  • Stardust

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    I have never seen a crowd of people egged on by Ed so willing to be full of doom and gloom.

    Pray tell Ed – “If there isn’t enough money for transfers, then owner Mike Ashley should get on his bike and leave Newcastle.”……..and your source is?

    And I thought this was a time for all NUFC fans to row in the same direction for once, in tough times over countless years the people in the area drive through problems. What makes some football fans the exception to the rule?

    It seems we love to twist winge and wind ourselves into a frenzy over things we know nothing about……….and on and on and on

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  • Whumpie

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #29

    Let’s not forget that the press made up over 150 transfer fibs in the summer and got precisely none of them correct.

    Ed – please can you phrase your headlines and articles accordingly? You always make it sound like it’s fact when it’s almost never the case. At least put “Rumours:” before the headline or summat.

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    whumpie………..we are all overlooking one thing here………..is ashley and co trying to tout given around and are they trying to sell him without given even knowing – aka, mike owen on last day of the window gone? sure, given may want to stay if all things are equal, but will he if he finds out that we have been trying to start a bidding war to geet shot of him? no, i think given would feel betrayed and would be gone.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #31

    craig, never…look at him, milner is crap! face it! 12mio £!!! What a joke.

    If we could move zoggy to them for the same price and get instead McGeady, Sakho and Sissoko I would be already excited!

    Then go for some more cover…

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #32

    Capello can say what he likes, HE isn’t even the future for England and i doubt he will be in the job in a few years time.

    12million a snip for Milner? What are you on!? You don’t half talk some crap sometimes Craig. A player that can’t cross, and has very little skill for 12million. You don’t run your own business do you?

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  • Dan157

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #33

    Spyro
    Yes there is and arse licking story about Milner every week. Even Capello has been getting involved. Must be on the condition that he can have Young and Agbonglahor whenever he wants.

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  • JonnyNUFC

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #34

    If Ashley sells Given i will be seriously pissed off.

    Wtf do any of you want Bale ???? Have you looked up any stats on Bale any time recently ??

    Tottenham have not won A SINGLE GAME with Bale in the side.

    Oh yes what a quality player……….JOKAS

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  • Toon in Denmark

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #35

    He is a young 20 year old goalie he is good, but his kicking is awful, would still be a good signing though.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #36

    Anyway, even if Milner is the future for ENgland, that isn’t much of a compliment. The future for England looks mor ebleak than the past. Look at the current crop of youngster compared to the likes of Gerrard, Scholes, Owen (with pace), Ferdinand etc.

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  • Dan157

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #37

    Spyro
    He doesn’t score goals either. And no body wetter use that fluke against west ham cos it went down as an O.G

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  • ELFER

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Well, the spuds have a now decent keeper in Gomes. Arsenal have a decent keeper in Almunia. Why these stories?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #39

    Given deserves some silverware so I don’t feel bad if he goes..true professional and a top man that debacle at the weekend was the straw that broke the camels back.

    N’zogbia has ideas way above his station..I simply don’t rate him at all.

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  • Spyro

    Dec 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #40

    Toon in Denmark

    Cheers mate. If that is right then it seems like Given is a done deal then eh lads.

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