The Newcastle Journal today are reporting that Newcastle’s Executive Director of Football, Dennis Wise, will be at Eastlands on Wednesday evening for talks with Manchester City’s chief operating officer Garry Cook.
Dennis Wise – to meet with Gary Cook tomorrow on Given deal
Presumably this will be to wrap up the move of Shay Given To Manchester City, provided there is no last minute change of heart from the Irishman, because make no mistake this will be a wrenching time for Shay to leave the club he’s served so loyally for over 11 years.
Of course that has happened before with players whose heart is at one club – the last time we remember being when the great Steven Gerrard did a U turn on a move to Stamford Bridge from his local club Liverpool, a few seasons back, after everything had been agreed.
Certainly things have turned out well for Steven since then, and he has to be one of the best players in the world right now, and of course got a standing ovation after leaving the pitch during Liverpool’s 5-1 mauling of Newcastle in late December.
The way he won the European Champions League for Liverpool in the second half against AC Milan in May, 2005, when the Reds were 3-0 down at half-time, is one of the most amazing performances by any player – ever.
The meeting on Wednesday night, hopefully after Newcastle can collect 3 points (but that wil be very very difficult), will cover Given’s proposed transfer and at that time, and Newcastle’s very real interest in City’s England under-21 pair Nedum Onuoha and Michael Johnson.
In fact it would be great if we could get Albin Ebondo, and maybe even Stephane Mbia through the door soon, and then there would be a possibility of getting the two Manchester City players, either full time or on loan through the end of the season.
We’d then be in much better shape then as a squad, that’s for sure.
And as we’ve said before Ashley had better allow Kinnear to strengthen our squad with whatever we get for Shay Given, otherwise fans will again be less than happy at the outcome of a transfer window, and Ashley hardly wants any repercussions of what happened in September – hopefully he and the Board will have learned a valuable lesson from that.
If Given does leave, expect Newcastle’s number one target in the summer to be a striker to replace Michael Owen, and the new figure on everybody’s lips will be £1.2M – which will be the approximate cost to the club of every goal Michael scored for Newcastle.