The Mail Online is reporting that Manchester City have placed an £8M bid for Newcastle’s top goalkeeper Shay Given.
Shay Given – first offer reported in from Man City
The first official offer for the Ireland international is expected to be matched by a similar offer from Tottenham, who would seem to need him a lot more than City do. And we can only assume that £8M is the amount Newcastle have said they will be willing to accept from the world class goalkeeper, but that’s too low a fee.
Given’s departure would result in fury being unleashed by a large proportion of our fans, because we are trying to build up the squad – not sell on of the few world class players we have at Newcastle.
It will also bge a terrible statement of Newcastle’s incompetence ovber the last 4 months, that a player of Given’s stature, who has been at he club for over 11 years, and made 460 appearances for the Tyneside club and has never wanted to leave, now wants away because he has lost faith in the club.
That’s the terrible thing about this.
Given shocked Newcastle fans last week when he announced through his lawyer, Michael Kennedy, that he had become less than happy at the club, which seems to lurch from one crisis to another.
We expect the club to turn the bid down flat, but any increase in the fee will make it more likely that Shay will move on, and then Newcastle fans will need to watch Shay putting in some magnificent performances – but for some other team.
That’s much like we have to do now with James Milner, who is playing the best football of his career, but at Aston Villa, and will likely be called up for the full England squad shortly.
Kevin Keegan did want to lose James, whom he called a gem of a player, but the fee of £12M did the talking, and the same could happen here.
Newcastle miserly owner Mike Ashley has told manager Joe Kinnear that he must generate his own funds to spend in the January transfer window, and he has been linked with Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc and Sheffield United’s Paddy Kenny – well at least in the popular press.
But Joe could do a lot worse in trying to get 21 year old Eastlands goalkeeper, Joe Hart in part exchange. If Given leaves then Joe would need to fight it out for Harper for the number one jersey, and that should be good competition for both players.
But of course the other complication is that Steve Harper’s contract runs out in the summer, and he is still negotiating with ther club on his new deal. The rumors are that he wants a better deal.
And the 33-year-old Harper, who is local to the area, and has been at the club since 1993, even longer than Given, is likely to keep his options open until the summer. Steve can talk to other clubs in January about joining them as a free agent in the summer.
What’s that statement – the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry – isn’t that so true.
What a way to run a football club – not good – to say the least.