There seems to be a number of news sources today that are suggesting it’s almost a done deal that Shay Given will move to Manchester City next week.
Shay Given – preponderance of news saying it’s a done at Man City
So it does seem, according to several news reports today, that Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given is ready to join Manchester City.
A source close to Given, 32, told the Daily Star on Sunday:
‘‘Shay wants to go to City and as far as he is concerned, his deal is effectively agreed in terms of the wages he’d be paid and even his image rights.”
‘‘He could double his pay to £100,000-a-week and sign a contract for three-and-a-half or four-and-a-half years.”
And if Given does go, it will depend on what kind of deal Newcastle will get for their most loyal player, as to whether it’s looked on positively by the Newcastle faithful.
If we can get around £10M for him in cash or players, most Newcastle fans would probably think that was an OK deal, given the position we are in, since Steve Harper would be more than ready to take over the goalkeeping role through the end of the season.
And it would mean that Tim Krul would see a future for himself at the Newcastle club and would not want to leave in the summer.
If we can get Michael Johnson or Nedum Onuoha in part exchange that would be good too, but the last thing we want to happen is to get say £10M for Shay, and then not being to spend that money on new players in January.
That would be similar to what we did when we sold James Milner to Aston Villa with just 5 days of the summer transfer window left.
Let’s hope we have learned from our mistakes.