Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Shay Given Manchester City exit set to spark transfer scramble

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Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given is set to spark a massive summer scramble for his signature.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Premier League newcomers QPR will all be queuing up to sign the Republic of Ireland international, who has given up hope of displacing Joe Hart as City’s No1.

Given has watched as his rival has established himself as first choice for club and country this season.

And despite picking up his first piece of silverware as a non-playing substitute in the FA Cup final on Saturday, he is expected to walk away from Eastlands in search of regular first team football.

Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp are both in the hunt for a top class goalkeeper, while moneybags QPR will be looking to make a statement this summer after winning promotion from the Championship.

Liverpool will also enter the race to sign Given if they lose Spanish keeper Pepe Reina.

City will be loathe to lose the 35-year-old, who is a popular figure among players and fans.

But they know they cannot expect him to be happy playing second fiddle to Hart – especially if he hopes to retain his position as Ireland’s No1.

The former Newcastle star has no complaints with manager Roberto Mancini’s decision to put his faith in Hart – but will need to move for the sake of his own career.

“It's not ideal because I don't feel much sharp sometimes when I'm playing for Ireland,” said Given. “I want to be playing, but I don't know what is going to happen in the summer.

“It's frustrating, but the manager made a decision at the start of the season and you can't argue with it because Joe has been great.

“What can you do? That’s the situation I am in. I don't know what's going to happen. I could be here next year, I might not.”

Given has played only four times for City this season – in the Carling Cup and Europa League – but insists he has yet to fully decide on his future.

“I know there are a lot worse clubs I could be at,” he said. “I will have to weigh it up.”

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