The Newcastle club are apparently still to receive any bid for Newcastle goalkeeper, Shay Given, despite widespread news that Manchester City had bid £8M for the brilliant Irishman.
Shay Given – not for sale
The Ireland No 1 was linked with an £8M move to Manchester City yesterday, but the Evening Chronicle and others are reporting that Joe Kinnear had yet to receive any bids for their goalkeeper.
And Manchester City may still make a bifd for Given, since manager Mark Hughes has said they have not bid for all their transfer targets.
But goalkeeper should hardly be a priority position for City, since their young 21 year-old English goalkeeper, Joe Hart, is really starting to look the part in the Manchester City goal.
One of Shay’s biggest fans is our new manager Joe Kinnear, who has already said he thinks Shay is easily the best goalkeeper in the Premier League, and Joe could well be right there, because Shay has been completely outstanding this season, now that he is over his bowel injury.
And Joe is adamant that Shay Given will not be sold, and has clearly stated his desire to hold on to one of Newcastle’s major assets.
Remember Shay Given is not just another player at Newcastle, but he’s been one of our best players over the last 10 years, is the best goalkeeper ever to play for the club, and we’ve had some great ones, and he’s played 460 times so far.
In fact Shay is an icon at Newcastle, and we think if Newcastle cannot keep him at the club, that would be a disaster, and certainly not a good omen.
Having said that, we still think if City came along with as daft a bid as they made for Robinho and Jo, and offered say £12M to £15M for Given, it would be extremely difficult for Newcastle to turn it down.
That’s because we could ask for 21 year-old Joe Hart, 22 year old Nedum Onuoha, and even 20 year-old Michael Johnson in part exchange, and anybody else they have, who we could use at Newcastle.
We’ll have to wait and see if City are really interested in our goalkeeper, but in truth we’d be surprised if they really were.