This Newcastle United keeper has apparently revealed that he would very much like the chance to move south in order to fulfill ambitions he may not be able to secure at St James’ Park.
Shay Given’s Newcastle future is still in doubt — despite Kevin Keegan insisting his first-choice keeper is not for sale.
The Republic of Ireland No 1 has been linked with a move to Arsenal and has told friends is keen on a switch to the Emirates.
Given, 32, has three years left on his current £55,000-a-week deal and may be allowed to leave to cut costs.
Given has publicly stated he wants to stay with the Magpies but has revealed his frustration at their lack of activity in the transfer market this summer. (Lancashire Evening Post)
£6m-rated Shay Given is quite possibly the best keeper in the Premier League. The Newcastle United man has served the Geordies with excellence for a decade now, and may be willing to move on in order to secure silverware befitting a player of his calibre.
Arsenal have Almunia in place as their number one, and the Spaniard/possible England international is a quality player who has earned his right to the first-choice jersey, but having Given around would help the club who will no doubt be battling on many fronts and probably encountering a 50+ game season this coming term and therefore could need two top goalies to call on. Fabianski is probably not ready for anything beyond Carling Cup action, so another keeper is definitely needed at the club with Jens already on his way back to the Bundesliga.
Would Arsenal fans welcome the signing of a keeper of the quality of Shay or should Wenger look to strengthen other areas of his squad first?