Given Transfer Request - City Deal Hours Away!

Last updated : 30 January 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

He was omitted from the Newcastle United squad for Wednesday night's defeat at Manchester City because of a knee injury.

But, in reality, we all know the REAL reason he was left behind.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper appeared to move a significant step closer to forcing the issue last night when he submitted a formal transfer request, effectively waiving a portion of the fee, certain other bonuses and, after 11 years at St James' Park, his entitlement to a testimonial game.

Joe Kinnear: "We have had approaches for Shay - serious approaches from Man City.

"They've offered £5 million (€5.3 million) for him. We think it's an insult to offer that for the best 'keeper in the Premier League. It's a derisory offer.

"But, Shay has made it clear he wants to leave.

"I wasn't involved too much with the meeting (with Mike Ashley).

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