Sky Sports has announced that Newcastle United’s number one goalkeeper for the last 12 seasons, Shay Given, has joined Manchester City on a four and a half year deal.
Shay Given - signs four and a half year deal at Eastlands
Given is Manchester City’s fourth new signing of the January transfer window, and although no details have yet been released, the fee is expected to be around the £8M figure.
But it’s only just come through, because Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear said after the game this afternoon, that both the club’s pending outgoing deals, Given to Eastlands, and N’Zogbia to Wigan Athletic, were not yet completed.
There was still some haggling going on, so we have to hope Newcastle won the haggling on the Given fee.
Given had given up the ghost on Newcastle so it’s best that he moves on, after a fabulous career on Tyneside. Now we have to make sure we win a trophy before Manchester City do.
We’ll have to wait and see if we get any Manchester City players coming the other way – but Steve Harper will now be our number one, and 20 year-old Tim Krul, the Holland Under-21 goalkeeper, will be the first back-up, with Fraser Forster also in the reckoning.
And we’re not kidding when we say Harper will have a good chance to make the England World Cup squad in South Africa next year, he’s that good when given a lengthy run in the side, which he’ll now get.
Joe also wants to spend the Given money, if it came through, so we’ll see how many new players we get in by tomorrow afternoon.
Joe told the official site tonight:
“I’m really sorry to see Shay go.” “He’s been a fantastic professional and a great lad to work with.”
“We bent over backwards to try and keep him at Newcastle United and offered him a longer contract to stay at the club.”
“He’s been with Newcastle United for a long time and has been a great servant but he felt the time was right to move on.”
“And so realistically we had no choice but to reluctantly agree to allow him to make this move.”
“I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”
Good and appropriate words from Joe, and of course we wish Shay and his family all the very best in Manchester.