Manchester City Bid £8M For Shay Given – Oh No!


The Mail Online is reporting that Manchester City have placed an £8M bid for Newcastle’s top goalkeeper Shay Given.

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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.

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215 comments so far

  • David Craig

    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #1

    are well

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  • GOERDIE IN NORWAY

    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #2

    what do you mean…
    are well

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  • jordi

    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #3

    We’ll not sell for that price (I hope)!

    I can see a bidding war starting if it’s true though, and when the price gets high enough, we’ll cash in. 🙁

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  • No

    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #4

    I think we should try for £10m and then take it.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #5

    ed- why do u keep banging on about gettin joe hart in exchange, that will leave us less money to spend in places we need strengthenin, we would still have harper as no 1 who is way better than joe hart and then tim krul as no 2 who from what i have seen is just as good and will become better than joe hart once he gets more action in the 1st team, if we have to sell given get a big fee and spend in other areas where we are lacking players not another gk

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  • Alex

    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #6

    8 million ? they are taking the p!ss , put a 1 in front of the 8 then they are in the ball park .

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  • reillers

    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #7

    8 mill, they’re taking the piss.

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 7, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #8

    take 10m from city? are you mad, they paid 12mil for wayne bridge, so if thats the valuation of a left back who hasnt played 1st team football for 3 years or something then shay must be worth 15mil at the very least

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  • Toonloony

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #9

    Let him go, get harps on a new deal straight away and blow the money on the midfield!!! Oh, and while City are spending the cash if they give us £14 million they can have owen as well!!!!!

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  • micepie

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #10

    A swap for a couple of Man City players – the ones that we’d want and would fit in – would be good for us. only after first refusing the 8M bid!

    Elano plus Onuoha, for example. Or we can swap Shay for Arshavin the second Spurs signed him!

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #11

    id try nd get a part exchange deal going involving either johnson, elano or ireland plus some cash, or just give us any of those 2 in a straight swap for shay

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #12

    I’d take £10mil or more.

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  • reillers

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #13

    If IIf IF we sell the wee lad, well it’ll be a joke. Because we all know what will happen. We’ll waste whatever money we’ll get on random “potentials” or has beens and over spend on them and we’ll get relegated because not only is Given an outstanding keeper but the loss that would be felt from the dressing room would be massive. Incalcuable. That alone could cost us the season.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Nick69 – Ireland is worth more than Given alone.

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  • supershay

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Given for robinho or p=22 off. Other wise slap a 2 in front of that 8 if its city. I hope Shay retires at this club. How long do yoy think Harps would have at this level before Krul had to come in anyone? If Shay did go?

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  • Spitfire

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Ashley will steal the money. Joe won’t get it to spend. We are doomed I tell ye DOOMED

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #17

    manc are new ‘improved’ chelsea-there’s no way we should take less than £15m, don’t let him go on the cheap.
    Thats the price those 2 teams pay now, for being soooo rich-sad but true.

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  • supershay

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Spot on Reillers mate

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  • The Entertainers

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #19

    The Joe Hart thing is a bit of a dilemma.

    I really rate Hart, but at the same time believe Harper deserves a chance and Krul looks very impressive.

    Then again we still have Given

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  • happy toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #20

    SURE GIVEN COULD LEAVE…IF WE GET ROBINHO AND IRELAND IN RETURN….£8M WHAT ARE THEY PLAYING AT??? £8M COULDN’T EVEN BUY HIS LEFT ARM…P*SS OFF CITY!!!!

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #21

    you may think so but i dont

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  • Matt T

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #22

    If we have no choice but to sell Given, the price has to be more than 10m.

    no way for 8m.

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  • reillers

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom Toon keepers always sell for less then outfield players, the fact that 9 mill is the record in the prem says a lot.

    And since when are we taking the Daily Mail as the Bible. We’ve been getting hystorical lately about things coming from that paper and that paper alone.

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  • supershay

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Ed move those *@**ing advertisements from the comment box.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #25

    £8m is just a swift, cheeky bid, their sarting bid.
    They know full well hes worth more.
    Hes probably worth £20m+, but i’d take no less than £15m

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #26

    The only thing reporting this so far is the mail, It’s hardly the most reliable source. At least wait until something with more credit are reporting it.

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  • IrishMan

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #27

    I think Reillers has a good point – the positive effect that Given has on the morale of the whole squad could well be under-estimated.

    If he does go, he should go to one of the top four, otherwise the phrase out of the frying pan and into the fire comes to mind.

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  • jordi

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #28

    Nick 69

    but what counts is what Mark Hughes thinks and he REALLY rates Ireland. Would never swap him. Could try for some of the others (I read he wants Elano out but that could be paper-nonsense).

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  • Spyro

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Apparently we are tracking Modise

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #30

    supershay….right click on it and u can block them.

    Get 10 million and run.

    Shay is top class…but not 10 million pound better than Harper. He really is wasted talent on the bench.

    Anyway its the Daily Mail isnt it. I mean they look for easy stories and stories dont get any easier than to right Shay is off to Man City with no evidence or quotes!

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #31

    I was prepared to give Ashleyteh benefit – even to let Shay go if it meant that the team would be strengthened. However, with the signing of ShowmeAmeba and the possibility of Butt getting an extension, I think that we are destined for a barren transfer window and hte fizzy league is not too far off.

    All of you thinking of buying ‘cheap’ tickets for the cup replay should think again – banners and chants hevnt worked – an empty stadium would surley get teh message through.

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  • happy toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #32

    £8M??? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

    WE’LL GET MORE THAN THAT IF WE AUCTIONED GIVEN ON EBAY. I NEEDED THAT LAUGH….

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Spyro – That is good news.

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  • fostino

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #34

    i wouldnt get too carried away with the story lads…..8 million too cheap for given anyway

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #35

    But
    if Given is unhappy & potentially, moaning, he could be having a bad effect, even as we speak?

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  • The Entertainers

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #36

    The other major attraction will be wages.

    According to reports Given is on 40k p/w

    He will easily double that Man Citeh.

    The troubles at Newcastle United are an easy excuse, albeit a partly truthful one i guess as well.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #37

    GraemeR

    …and get is knocked out the cup

    plus

    players wouldnt come anyway…simple as, the cant sell the club, fans protsting ruined the club in the summer, o another protest would be pointless and cause more trouble. Bloody think about things!

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  • Nick 69

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #38

    jordi- i dont think for 1 minute that mark hughes would swap ireland cos i know he really rates him i was just sayin the players who id like form city, and imo shay given is worth more than ireland

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  • Dan157

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #39

    We have to remember that the mail is classed as one of the rags. It’s one grade above The Sun and News of the World. If an official bid had been put in then Sky Sports would be the first with the story.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 7, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #40

    My previous comment didnt mean to blame the fans for what happened in the summer by the way…just saying protesting got us into trouble and nothing has come from it.

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