Given considering his future

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Shay Given's lawyer claims the goalkeeper is considering leaving Newcastle United during the January transfer window.

Magpies keeper weighing up his options

Shay Given's lawyer claims the goalkeeper is considering leaving Newcastle during the transfer window. The Republic of Ireland international has been strongly linked with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City in recent weeks, with his future increasingly being called into question. The 32-year-old is said to have reached the 'lowest point of his football career' following last weekend's 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool, a situation which has fuelled the exit rumours. Magpies boss Joe Kinnear has always insisted that the experienced shot-stopper would not be allowed to leave St James' Park, but the player's lawyer suggests anything is possible.

Despondent

"Shay is very despondent following the very poor performance of the team against Liverpool last weekend," read a statement from Michael Kennedy. "It was the lowest point of his football career and a performance that he would not wish to be repeated. "When he signed a new five-year contract in 2006 it was on the basis that the club would challenge for major honours, but on the present evidence all that he can see ahead with the turmoil on and off the pitch is a battle for survival. "Having served the club loyally for over 11 years, Shay feels compelled to consider his position in the light of the interest being expressed in him by Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham." Given joined Newcastle in a £1.5 million deal from Blackburn in 1997, but has seen the club stagnate in recent years as they struggle to cope with off-field distractions.

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