Newcastle United January transfers

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All the latest transfer news and speculation from Newcastle United football club.


Shay Given; from Newcastle to Manchester City; undisclosed

Kevin Nolan; from Bolton to Newcastle; £4m

Peter Lovenkrands; unattached

Ryan Taylor; from Wigan Athletic to Newcastle; undisclosed

Charles N’Zogbia; from Newcastle to Wigan; undisclosed


2 February: Manchester City new boy Shay Given has admitted he did not sleep last night because of his excitement at the prospect of his first day at training.

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

30 January: Bolton have confirmed Kevin Nolan has joined Newcastle for a fee of £4million. The midfielder has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract.

30 January: A night of fast-moving drama at Newcastle United ended with manager Joe Kinnear responding to Charles N'Zogbia's earlier declaration that he will never play for the club again while Kinnear is manager with Kinnear accusing his French midfielder of trying to engineer a move out of St James' Park.

28 January: Shay Given has not travelled with the Newcastle United squad to Manchester for tonight's game at City. Given remained in the north-east as the Newcastle squad flew south this morning, meaning that the Irishman's future at St James' Park has now reached its critical point.

28 January: Newcastle United officials and their counterparts at Manchester City are to expected meet prior to their game at Eastlands tonight to discuss Shay Given.

27 January: Steve Harper has ended speculation he is set to leave Newcastle by signing a three-year contract extension with the club.

26 January: Shay Given's future at Newcastle is expected to be decided within the next 48 hours and the indications are that the 32-year-old Irish goalkeeper will be leaving St James' Park after 11 and a half years at Newcastle.

26 January: Newcastle may try again to recruit the Rennes midfielder Stéphane Mbia, whom Kinnear called the closest player he has seen to Patrick Vieira.

23 January: Newcastle today completed the signing of former Rangers forward Peter Lovenkrands until the end of the season.

19 January: There is uncertainty at St James' Park about the club's second-choice goalkeeper Steve Harper as well as the No 1 Shay Given. Manchester City's interest in Given has been established by two bids from them in the last 10 days, and another is expected this week. But there is also strong interest in Harper from Tottenham, who are understood to have made a formal approach and are believed to have bid £2m.

18 January: Manchester City were awaiting a response last night to their increased bid for Newcastle's keeper Shay Given, believed to be about £10m, and Steve Bruce was also resigned to Mark Hughes signing Wilson Palacios.

16 January: Newcastle United last night abandoned a seemingly muddled and one-sided attempt to sign West Ham United captain Lucas Neill after the east London club said they were "astonished" by talk of any move.

15 January: Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has confirmed the club have lodged a £5m bid for Rennes midfielder Stephane Mbia. The Magpies have also made an enquiry over 30-year-old West Ham defender Lucas Neill as they attempt to cover for the loss of Habib Beye to an ankle injury.

14 January: Wantaway Newcastle midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has issued a 'come and get me' plea to Lyon. N'Zogbia has indicated his desire to leave St James' Park, and claimed last week fellow Premier League clubs Tottenham and Aston Villa were chasing his services.

14 January: Surveying an injury update that grows longer by the game, a transfer kitty that has suddenly disappeared and a fixture list in March and April that is not forgiving, Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear held an emergency meeting last night with the club's managing director, Derek Llambias, and owner Mike Ashley in attendance via the telephone.

13 January: Newcastle midfielder Charles N'Zogbia has admitted he wants to leave St James' Park because "every season is getting worse and worse".

13 January: Manchester City have been told to start their bidding at £10m for Newcastle United 'keeper Shay Given.

12 January: Bolton manager Gary Megson claims he has ended his interest in Joey Barton. The club have had a £2m bid rejected for the Newcastle midfielder, who is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury.

12 January: Peter Lovenkrands, the former Rangers winger released by Schalke, is to begin a week's trial at Newcastle today.

9 January: Middlesbrough, desperate to retain the services of Stewart Downing, have floated the possibility of making an offer for Newcastle's Alan Smith this month.

7 January: Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi handed manager Joe Kinnear a welcome boost today by signing a three-year contract extension.

5 January: The unpredictability of Newcastle United was in evidence again yesterday when manager Joe Kinnear said that he had made an offer for Rangers captain Barry Ferguson. But Kinnear first has to offload recent acquisitions such as £6m Jose Enrique, bought by Sam Allardyce, and £5.7m Xisco, apparently bought by Dennis Wise to Kevin Keegan's consternation.

2 January: Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear today once again insisted goalkeeper Shay Given is going nowhere amid speculation he is set to leave the club this month.

2 January: Shay Given's future at St James' Park is most uncertain this morning following the release of a statement last night from Given's representative Michael Kennedy that outlined the 32-year-old Newcastle United goalkeeper's dismay at the club's direction. Kennedy confirmed that there is interest in Given regarding a January transfer – from Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.

31 December: Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has insisted goalkeeper Shay Given will not be sold during the winter transfer window. The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international has been linked with north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks.

29 December: Kinnear has said: "January will be hectic on and off the field. We need to address that situation immediately, and that's the message I am getting across to Mike Ashley and the board of directors."

29 December: Arsenal have been linked with Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given but there is also sustained interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

23 December: Michael Owen plunged Newcastle United into further chaos yesterday when he gave the clearest signal yet that he will be leaving the club in the summer.

22 December: Newcastle striker Michael Owen has announced he will not make a decision about his future until the end of the season.

18 December: The Newcastle striker Michael Owen will take his time as he considers the club's new contract offer.

17 December: Aston Villa have expressed an interest in Newcastle United's French midfielder Charles N'Zogbia, whose future at the club has been in doubt despite having signed a five-year contract last year.

17 December: The unpredictable nature of Mike Ashley's ownership of Newcastle United was revealed again yesterday when Michael Owen received a four-year contract offer – not three years as has been reported – and at a salary believed to be around £90,000 per week, not £80,000.

16 December: Newcastle yesterday formally offered a new contract to their striker Michael Owen, who will have to accept a significant pay cut if he decides to stay.

15 December: Newcastle today formally tabled their offer of a new contract to striker Michael Owen.

15 December: Newcastle may be up for sale but there seems to be a plan to spend significant money in January.

14 December: Joe Kinnear wants to make West Ham's Matthew Upson his first signing at Newcastle United and there is quiet confidence at St James' Park that, with West Ham facing financial difficulties, Newcastle will be able to prise the 29-year-old England centre-back away from Upton Park.

12 December: Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has admitted he has a battle on his hands to persuade skipper Michael Owen his future remains on Tyneside.

9 December: Newcastle striker Michael Owen insists the "hysteria" which has gripped the club over the past few months is responsible for contract talks being put on hold.

6 December: Joe Kinnear said yesterday that after a meeting with Newcastle United's managing director Derek Llambias this week, and a conversation with owner Mike Ashley, he may be given £12m to spend on "two or three" players in the January transfer window.