Good news today in that local lad Steve Harper is ready to sign a new three-year contract with Newcastle United.
Steve Harper – ready to sign 3 year deal at Newcastle
The Evening Chronicle say that the Newcastle club stepped up talks on a new deal for Harper, once Given announced he would have to reconsider his options on Tyneside, as Harper is obviously a ready-made replacement for Shay, should Given leave the club iun the next week.
Certainly last year at this time Harper came into the side, because of Shay’s difficulties with his groin, and was one of our best players through the run-in to the season, and was very safe and looked a class goalkeeper.
The Chronicle is today saying that Shay Given’s career on Tyneside looks all but over, as Manchester City get ready to up their bid this week. Maybe it will be like the James Milner case, that once a player says he wants to leave Newcastle, then the powers that be will make sure he leaves.
Of course Shay Given isn’t just another player at Newcastle, and has to be one of the best players to ever play for the club. and certainly the best goalkeeper ever.
Newcastle have also stopped Carlisle United’s extended loan move request for Tim Krul, since Tim would become number two behind Steve Harper should Given move on.
Of course we also have Hexham-born goalkeeper Fraser Forster who is no slouch eityer, and has progressed with amazing strides these last couple of years.
If Harper is between the posts on Wednesday night, then we can kiss goodbye to Shay Given, and we know that most fans will feel sad about that – we certainly will.
And make no mistake it will be as difficult for Shay to leave Newcastle United, as it is for the fans to see the great one leave for pastures anew.