Arsenal suitor set to shun club for League rivals

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Manchester City's goal keeper Shay Given, who was rumoured to be going to Emirates during the January transfer window is believed to be thinking of rejecting the offer infavour of local revials Manchester United.

Current City manager Roberto Mancini gave permission for Shay Given to leave the Eastlands during the January transfer window. Telling reporters "I told him that he can stay but I respect his decision and if he wants to leave he can."

It was believed that Given would move to North london, helping the Gunners finally solve their long running goalkeeper problems.

Although, recent news suggests that Given may be holding out for an offer from City's rivals Manchester United, as Van deer Sar, who recently turned 40-years-old is expected to retire at the end of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson had tipped Tomasz Kuszczak to step up for United. However, the united manager is still uncertain about the young keeper and may look to Given for help.

This news will come as a massive blow to the Gunners, who have had running concerns over their current keepers: Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski.

However, it appears that Given was not the only goalkeeper target for Arsene Wenger with Fulham's Mark Schwarzer and Liverpool's Pepe Reina also rumoured to be attracting attention from Arsenal.

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