Given seeking fresh challenge at Man City

The 32-year-old has been not been included in the Magpies' squad to face City on Wednesday evening, with the glove-man expected to link up with Mark Hughes's side before the transfer window closes.

"I have bent over backwards to keep him, I've tried to make him stay," Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle. "He wants a new challenge and he wants to speak to Manchester City. He's done 11 years here and I think he wants a new challenge.

"I left Shay with owner Mike Ashley, club managing director Derek Llambias and Given's lawyer 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.

"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."

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Gregg Davies

Gregg Davies is the Chief Sub Editor of FourFourTwo magazine, joining the team in January 2008 and spending seven years working on the website. He supports non-league behemoths Hereford and commentates on Bulls matches for Radio Hereford FC. His passions include chocolate hobnobs and attempting to shoehorn Ronnie Radford into any office conversation.