Joe Kinnear has revealed today that he had talks with Shay in the last couple of days and the Newcastle club offered him a new, improved six year deal at Newcastle.
Shay Given – offered new 6 year deal at Newcastle
But Shay turned it down and handed in a transfer request.
Joe Kinnear said last night:
“Sitting down, talking with Shay and the fact that we offered him another six -year contract, taking him up to 39, and he turned it down, made it clear he wanted a change of scenery and a new ambition,”
“We thought about it all night long, I kept saying ‘no, no, no’ whatever proposal he came up with the answer was ‘no’, but in the end Shay came in and handed in a written transfer request.”
“The money has got to be right though. They’re talking now, as we speak, I don’t know what the outcome will be. But I felt it was only right.”
“He’s done 12 years here, been a model of consistency.”
“He’s been a great keeper, so I suggested to the club that we go and let him talk.”
Well you cannot accuse Joe of not wanting to keep Shay, but it looks like his mind is made up, and he wants away, and the likelihood is that he will get his wish now, and we have to hope that Man City come through with a reasonable offer, although their priority before Monday would appear to be to try to sign Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn.
They had an improved offer turned down by Blackburn only yesterday.