Shay Given’s lawyer says that Shay will want to consider his options in January, and Joe Kinnear comes out and says he is contracted to the club until 2011 and will be going nowhere. So what will happen?
Artur Boruc – Celtic’s 6’4″ Polish goalkeeper
We think it will take a £12M bid for Given to tempt Mike Ashley, and there’s a good chance that could happen with that bid probably coming from moneybags Manchester City.
But with City’s humiliating 3-0 defeat yesterday at home to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, the writing may be on the wall for manager Mark Hughes, who is tempting fate with these terrible results this season.
Back to Newcastle, and who will we replace Given with, at least to come in and challenge the very capable Stebe Harper, should Shay move on?
The Sunday Mirror is saying that Newcastle may be ready to turn to Celtic’s 28 year-old 6’4″ Polish International goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who has played 108 times for Celtic and 38 times for Poland.
Kinnear however has told Mike Ashley that Given, 32, must stay at the club, where he is an icon, and is using his good personal relationship with Ashley to try to keep keep his unsettled No.1 goalkeeper.
We’ll see, by early February, if that does any good.
But Kinnear will have already been told about what happened to James Milner, and it’s a somewhat similar scenario.
Joe Kinnear confirmed yesterday that he is interested in Ranger’s 30 year old captain Barry Ferguson. and with chief Newcastle recruiter Dennis Wise now looking to Scotland for January recruits because of the lower wages in the SPL, Boruc may be a decent target. And in the summer Kevin Keegan had said there are some bargains to be picked up north of the border.
It seems that Dennis Wis is responsible for the financial dealings in the transfer market, including negotiating the wages of the players. Dennis will have an overall wage budget to negotiate within we assume, so getting rid of Mark Viduka and Alan Smith in the summer, when both are on £60K/week at the club, and not worth that amount, will help that a lot.
And the Sunday Mirror is estimating that Boruc gets under half of Given’s £50K a week wages, and from the viewpoint of wages it’s an attractive prospect. Boruc’s also better than a decent goalkjeeper. Note: So Given gets less than Viduka and Smith – what a travesty if that’s true.
But Steve Harper will get the chance also at Newcastle to b number onew, and he performed very well at the end of last season, and he was extremely consistent, and one of Newcastle’s best players in the run-in to the season.
If Shay goes we probably shouldn’t waste too much traznsfer money and wages on a replacement because we have Harper and the two 20 year olds, Fraser Forster and Tim Krul, who are excellent young goalkeepers and chomping at the bit for a chance at the club.