Date: 27th January 2009 at 10:01am
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Newcastle United are set to lose one of their best players, after Manchester City made an improved offer of £9 million for 32-year-old Irishman Shay Given. Potentially, the deal contains a player as well. Not surprisingly, it is highly-rated midfielder Michael Johnson who is valued at £6 million.

Potentially, the deal is worth almost £15 million, and Joe Kinnear will be pleased to accumulate as much of the funds as he can to try and chase down the targets he has identified this transfer window.

Vital Newcastle United broke the news of the £9 million offer a week ago, and it appears that City have done enough to persuade Kinnear, or for that matter, the Magpies’ Board to reconsider their stance on the highly-rated stopper.

Given’s representatives met with the club’s Managing Director Derek Llambias last night to discuss the move, and it is understood that the transfer has been green-lighted.

The move will signal the end to one of the most drawn-out sagas of the current transfer window, and most fans will feel that Given should not be hated for leaving, but rather applauded for his years of loyal service.