Steve Harper has just signed a renewed contract at Newcastle United, and for the first time he could be Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, finally emerging from the shadow of Shay Given, whose move to Manchester City is now looking like a firm maybe.
Top goalkeeper Steve Harper – flattered by Spurs interest
Steve says he was quite flattered by Spurs’ boss Harry Redknapp, wanting him at the London club, but he is happy to stay at Newcastle United, where he is currently the longest serving player on the books.
He was signed by Kevin Keegan from Seaham Red Star when he was just 18, way back in 1993, when Kevin’s hair wasn’t even gray.
Steve ended any doubts about his future earlier this week by signing a new three-year contract at St James’ Park, that will keep him at the club until 2012, and that will be 19 years at Newcastle United, and he’ll then be 37.
Steve said in the Daily Star Sunday today:
“I was flattered Tottenham put an offer in for me and if the club had accepted that, it’s unlikely I would be here now,”
“But when the club turned down the offer from Spurs and came back with another offer, looking at the bigger picture, I was happy to stay.”
As Joey Barton said when all the speculation was going on, ‘You’re a lifer’, but I did watch the second leg of Spurs’ cup semi-final.”
“I watched that because, when a bid is in, anything can happen.”
Anything can happen in football and it’s not even clear that Newcastle will agree to let Given go to City for just £5M, which would not be looked on well by Newcastle fans.
If we are to let our best player leave, at least let’s get what he’s worth, which is at least £10M.
But with Man City looking little short of terrible yesterday, against a 10 man Stoke City side, who did what Newcastle almost did earlier in the season, which is beat City with just 10 men.
The Stoke side fought with everything they had, and it was great to see them win 1-0 yesterday, even though that wasn’t a good result for Newcastle.
We feel the Billionaire owners at Eastlands may soon have seen one two many embarrassing defeats of their great players, and may finally replace Mark Hughes.
It was strange to hear the commentators say how great Robinho was when he was doing his flicks and all, but maybe I’m too old fashioned, but he had no real impact on the game.
Anyway, I should really lay off Robinho, since he did work very hard for his side yesterday, to be fair to the lad, who is obviously a gifted player.
We still don’t know what will happen with Given, but if Mark is in any danger of being fired, the powers that be may not want to sanction questionable transfers in the next day.
We wouldn’t mind Shay still being at Newcastle on Tuesday, because we’d have 5 months to persuade him we are definitely on our way forward again – maybe. 😀