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Manchester City have signed goalkeeper Shay Given from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee.

Given underwent a medical earlier on Sunday while his former side took on Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby.

The 32-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with City after making more than 450 appearances for Newcastle since joining them in 1997.

Given is the fourth City signing in the transfer window, joining Wayne Bridge, Craig Bellamy and Nigel de Jong at Eastlands.

Manager Mark Hughes told the club's official website: "I have said for a long time that we need the experience of a keeper like Shay.

"I am delighted that we have been able to acquire such an accomplished keeper, and one so highly regarded by everyone in the Premier League.

"We are getting a very good keeper and the experience he has will help the two outstanding young keepers that we have here in Joe [Hart] and Kasper [Schmeichel].

"I am looking for them all to grow as a group and it's important that we have that influence of a senior keeper.

"I have had a good talk with him about where we expect to be in the future.

"From a football point of view, and a club point of view, it's an easy thing to sell because we know we are going in the right direction. Players want to be part of that."

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