Don’t you just love the Sunday papers? When they’re not busy phone tapping celebrities, politicians and the family’s of murder victims, those good people at the News of the World often come up with a decent story or two to fill the void between the giddy heights of Saturday night and the depressing drudgery of Monday morning.
The latest bit of gossip from the NOTW, is that Liverpool are planning a bid for Manchester City’s out of favour goalkeeper Shay Given, should Pepe Reina be seduced by Champions League football elsewhere. Earlier this week, Kenny Dalglish attempted to reassure fans that he would not consider selling Reina, but as the season moves to a close and the promise of Champions League football becomes more and more tempting, the Spaniard could make Dalglish’s mind up for him.
It’s common knowledge that United are chasing a world-class keeper to replace Edwin Van Der Sar with at the end of the season. Only last week they were linked with Athletico Madrid’s David De Gea, with a deal reportedly already having been made for the highly rated Spanish goalie. It would appear however that Dalglish is concerned about the interest shown by rivals Arsenal, as manager Arsene Wenger also looks to improve his squad ahead of next season’s campaign.
As a potential insurance policy, should Pepe eventually say ‘Adios’ to the Kop, the Reds have been making enquiries into Manchester City and ex-Newcastle keeper, Shay Given. Personally, I’m amazed it’s taken anyone this long to see what a potentially great signing City have sitting on their bench. Whilst at Newcastle, I considered Given to be one of the best keepers outside of the Top 4 and thought he’d become a real star at City.
Sadly for Shay, the excellent form of England’s Joe Hart has relegated him to ‘the Steve Harper role’ and I don’t doubt for one moment he’d leap at the chance to get some first team action at Anfield. If Reina moves on, a deal for Given could be the smartest decision ‘King’ Kenny ever makes.
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