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Trapattoni hands Shay Given option of Italy move

By Daniel McDonnell

Giovanni Trapattoni would love to see Shay Given in Serie A after acknowledging that a move away from Manchester City now seems inevitable for the Donegal man.

Last month, Trapattoni had urged Given to be calm when he started the Premier League season on the bench at Eastlands behind Joe Hart.

Trap's assistant Marco Tardelli stressed his confidence that he would win his place back from the young Englishman.

However, Given is now resigned to the role of deputy, with the final nail hammered into the coffin when he was overlooked for last Thursday's Europa League clash with Red Bull Salzburg; it had been assumed that he would at least be given a role in the European campaign.

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton yesterday poured cold water on the suggestion that Given might return to Tyneside on an emergency deal to replace the injured Steve Harper.

Asked about the speculation, Hughton said: “I can understand that one and it is a very emotional one as well, but no, I can categorically say that won't be happening.

“The important thing for us is to assess where Steve Harper is at this particular moment.

“What we do know is it is a ligament injury to his shoulder. That will be assessed over the next couple of days.”

Irish boss Trapattoni says he has recommended Given to friends in Italy, but is unsure how the transfer window will develop in January as it might depend on other individuals being moved on first. Roma are known to be admirers of the player.

“We have already, myself and Marco, spoken with some Italian teams,” he says.

“In Italy, he is kept in high regard by many.

“But the goalkeeper is a difficult position. There is interest in them, and we have one or two teams who have goalkeepers inferior to them.

“But there are many situations in Italy, like in England. We can only inform them. We cannot force it.”

Given fears that his inactivity at club level will harm his sharpness when it comes to Irish duty.

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