Manchester City are expected to land Newcastle United goalkeeper Shay Given for £8.5 million today.

Given had a medical on Tuesday and was left out of last night's clash with Mark Hughes' men.

A Newcastle spokesman claimed the player had an injured right knee.

But the Republic of Ireland star, a Toon stalwart for 11 years, made it clear to Joe Kinnear that he wanted a move and the manager eventually caved in.

Given is expected to sign a contract worth £86,000 a week.