If Shay Moves On Newcastle May Look To Celtic’s Boruc


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?

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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.

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57 comments so far

  • C'est moi

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    We don’t need another keeper!

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  • Doocey

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #2

    agreed and given is worth far more than that if Buffon will go for £100m.
    Given is worth 100 aswell because he’s as good as Buffon IMO.
    Hope Legend Given don’t leave 🙂

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  • dan from france

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #3

    id take £30 million but nought less given is just a leg and i will be sad to see him go thats for sure allway has been 1 of my favourite player for many a year!
    but £30 million could buy us a whole new team

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  • ToonRich

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m fed up with all this talk about buying another keeper…Even is Shay does leave – and good luck to him if he does, he’s one man that deserves it. W edont need another keeper, does MA & JK like wasting money, they should strengthen areas of the team where we lack, not add another player where we have 3-4 quality players already.

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  • Talking Head

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    We don’t need another keeper.

    Next!

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  • steve

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    can’t see given leaving, at least not to the 3 clubs mentioned

    Wenger has publicly stated he likes Given but does not want him.

    Spurs are struggling badly although they have a ton of cash to invest, they are below us despite having spent heavily and are at least as in much turmoil as us, if they dont get good players in Jan I can see them relegated

    Man City are in bigger turmoil than anyone and look certain relegation candidates, prob soon to be managerless as well

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  • KEEGAN FOR PM

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Don’t want Boruc seen him alot (living in Scotland) too much of a liability.As for Ferguson he is too negative too defensive we need an attacking midfielder.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #8

    doocey

    i disagree given isnt as good as buffon(though there is hardley a difference) and you have to remember that given is older and doesnt have the same rep

    if

    bufon=100 mil

    given=70 mil

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    also if given does go dont spend that money on a keeper spend it on a lb or dm orcam orrw

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    harper can do more than a job

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  • Ross

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Boruc makes some real clangers, he’s very hit or miss. I dont really like the man if im honest.

    I’d also be nothing short of embarrassed to see a player in the black and white do something like this in celebration….

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ltGGT86qqK0&feature=related

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #12

    No new keeper required.
    We’ve got Harper.

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #13

    clint flick

    agreed

    ross

    thats actually quite funny

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  • dougnufc

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #14

    LOL NICE VID THERE!

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  • simon376

    Jan 4, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #15

    I’ve got a question for some on here. After looking at one of the stories on here last night and this happens all of the time, people start listing their ideal signings, a lot of these from across europe and beyond. How do people get to know rate these guys so much? I used to follow the teams my cousin used to play for, us, qpr, gillingham, bournmouth, chelsea & Charlton and who his dad used to manager or assist at, Gills, Maidstone, Charlton & West Ham. But even then, I really only knew a great deal about Newcastle. Now I only have time to follow our boys. I’m not doubting anybody, but how do you get to know about these players?

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Most of them don’t mate, they just quote names they’ve heard.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Joe Kinnear has joined the chase for whizkid Kyle Naughton.

    Sheffield United have slapped an £8million price tag on Naughton, even though the rightback has played only 20 senior games for the promotion-chasing Championship outfit.

    But the 20-year-old has made such a stunning impact that he has already wonhis first England Under-21 cap and is a target for Premier League big guns Liverpool, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #18

    More paper trash.
    He must have once went to a pub where the managers of those teams once popped into for a piss.

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  • toonbirchy

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    hopefully shay will stay and owen til the end of the season at least. It wouldn’t be the worst thing if Zoggy left but would rather Duff leave.

    Seen as Viduka is injured again and leaving at the end of the season, i think in this window we should sign Derbyshire from Blackburn. 5m bid should be enough dont you think?

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  • Ericles

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Rubbish!!!! We have Harper!!!!!

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Duff at least puts some effort in & doesn’t gob off to the press-Bolloxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  • simon376

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #22

    Thats what I thought. I know a lot of people see players when the Euros and World Cup come about, but after that I’m lost. Like I said I only have time to really follow us and the rest of the premier league

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m guessing some do spend a hell of a lot of their time watching all kinds of exotic leagues, but i’d say a small %. I ain’t got the time meself like.

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  • JG

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #24

    Boruc is shite….end of story

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #25

    So if Given is sold, is JK going to do a KK?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #26

    I think alot play football manager and wear sheepskin jackets.

    I aint got time to follow other teams or overseas starlets : )

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Or an Oirish Jig?

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  • JG

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #28

    I thought players werent allowed to move twice in one season,Am I wrong to think that??Just with the toon trying to get rid of Xisco…I always thought they had to be at a club a full season before moving on………….Xisco may I add being a signing from Wise/Ashley,whom was thrown at Keegan and made him walk…….We need these men out of our club they have come here to take the piss out of the Geordies

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #29

    Sheepskin jackets-Ha.

    & like john motson & statto.

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #30

    There is so much footy shown on the various networks, I would think many of the players being wished after have been seen by the wishers (new word there?). From my own viewpoint I wouldn’t advocate someone I hadn’t seen in action and I do not play Football Manager or similar games.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    kk walked for having players given to him-not taken away-whos ever heard of a manager being so soft?
    Stop making excuses for kk, he wants £8m off us.
    Thats a decent player or 2.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32

    & if Xisco ain’t allowed to move, then it just goes to show what utter press bullshite it is, doesn’t it?

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  • k k forever

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #33

    IDE LOVE GIVEN TO JOIN MAN U THEN U WUD RELIZE HOW GOOD HE REALY IS WITH A GOOD DEFENCE HE,S BEEN OUR MOST LOYAL PLAYER EVER WUD YOU WANT TO PLAY FOR THESE SHITE HOUSES

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #34

    Not quite as loyal as Harper though.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Raise you.
    More years service, less whining to the press.

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Naaah, I aint making excuses for KK, I think he was trying to play poker against an expert and his bluff was called. JK however seems to be going out on a similar limb over Shay and looks as if he is trying to give MA an ultimatum. It’s how it reads to me anyway.

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  • k k forever

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #37

    CLINT FLICK THAS WHY THE WHOLE TEAM WERE UP FOR SALE AYE

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  • k k forever

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #38

    BILL F YEAH THINK UR RITE AND IT WONT WORK THIS TIME

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  • reillers

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Probably more so, Harper has been at the club a wee bit longer, but I don’t know, maybe a more motivated player would have left. I’d call Given more loyal, not like it’s a battle, but stayed here when there was interest, Harper has never had any. He just doesn’t seem very motivated. He should have left..a long time ago.

    But anyway, they’re both extemley loyal and deserve medals for putting up with this club.

    I don’t think Given will leave, I don’t think he wants to leave, I think what his lawyer did was to put a roket up the arse of Ashley and co. But if he does go, and all the best to him if he does, do we really need another keeper. I know Harper’s not the same, but Boruc?? Talk about swapping Mr Reliable for Mr Liability. It’s a throw of a dice with Boruc. He can be brilliant or he can be shocking.

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  • k k forever

    Jan 4, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #40

    FROM TOP TO BOTTOM THE CLUB IS IN A MESS AND IT LOOKS LIKE WERE STUCK WITH IT ITS NOT GOING TO IMPROVE UNTILL ASH WISE KINNEAR FCK OFF COS THEY ALL LYEING BSTARDS

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