Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I FEAR SHAY'S ON HIS WAY; Kinnear Resigned to Losing Ace Given

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I FEAR SHAY'S ON HIS WAY; Kinnear Resigned to Losing Ace Given

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Byline: By LEE RYDER

JOE KINNEAR admits he is almost resigned to the "heartbreak" of losing Shay Given - after "bending over backwards" to keep his No 1 goalkeeper.

As irony would have it, Kinnear's Newcastle will lock horns with the Manchester City tonight, with talks over a move to the Eastlands club imminent for the Irish keeper.

City must up their price for Given after two rejected offers from Newcastle, with the saga expected to rumble on in the last few days of the transfer window.

Kinnear has revealed that a decision on whether Given or newly-contracted goalkeeper Steve Harper will play against the Citizens will be made in the run-up to the match, and the players will be informed about team selection first and foremost.

Kinnear told the Chronicle today: "I've bent over backwards to keep Shay, and I have told the powers that be that he has got to stay.

"But I understand it from Shay's point of view.

"He wants to leave, but I have tried my hardest to make him stay.

"He's done 11 years here at Newcastle and I think he wants a new challenge.

"I left Shay with Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and Michael Kennedy, and the talks went on for a few hours.

"It's out of my hands and I am still waiting for the final outcome, but I think he wants a new challenge and that he wants to speak to Manchester City.

"I would be heartbroken to see him go because he is one of the best keepers in the world. But Man City keep banging on the door to talk to him."

Meanwhile, it is also understood a deal for Celtic star Stephen McManus fell through because the Parkhead side were unwilling to pay Jose Enrique's wages, with the Spaniard offered 50% less than he is earning now to switch to the SPL.

However, Kinnear was still hopeful of landing Toulouse right-back Albin Ebondo.

United officials were in France today trying to tie up the deal for the 24-year-old, and Kinnear remained optimistic despite claims from the player's representative that he had been told to stay at Toulouse. …

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