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Newcastle have confirmed they have given goalkeeper Shay Given permission to talk to Manchester City.

Although a fee has yet to be agreed for the Republic of Ireland international, he appears to be closing in on a move to the Eastlands club. Kinnear revealed earlier this week that the Magpies were disappointed with City's offer of £5million for the player.

"We have had approaches for Shay - serious approaches from Man City," Kinnear said earlier this week. "Irrespective of all the stories, they've offered £5million and not a penny more. We think it's an insult to offer that for the best keeper in the Premier League."

He added: "It's a derisory offer. But Shay has made it clear he wants to leave.

"I wasn't involved too much with the meeting between the owner (Mike Ashley), Shay and his agent when they tried to thrash it out.

"But as far as I know, the owner and the managing director (Derek Llambias) were unhappy they've only been offered £5million.

"That's where we stand. I don't want to lose him - I'm fighting a relegation battle."

Given did not figure in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Manchester City, with Kinnear citing injury for the reason the player was not in his squad.

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