With Shay Given not featuring in any of City’s opening eight games of the season, speculation is rife that the Irish keeper will leave the blues in the January transfer window with Newcastle a possible destination.
City boss Roberto Mancini has said that he will not stand in Given’s way should the keeper want to move, but with Toon keeper Steve Harper ruled out for three months, it is possible that Newcastle could make an early move for their former keeper.
It wouldn’t be surprising if they requested special dispensation form the FA to sign a keeper on an emergency basis in the same manner as they only have youngster Tim Krul to call upon.
How can we forget the uproar City caused when they asked the FA if they could sign an emergency keeper when Given and Taylor were both injured towards the end of last season and Joe Hart was on loan? So, in fairness, Newcastle should be allowed to sign Given on loan on such a basis, if they requested it.
Given, who joined the blues in January 2009 after spending 12 years at St James’ Park, lost his place in the starting line up for the visit to Spurs on the opening day of the season and is yet to feature and a loan move back to St James’ Park would probably suit him.
What do you think? Should Newcastle ask to sign Given on an emergency basis?