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Newcastle owner Ashley determined to keep Man City target Given

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is ready to play hardball with goalkeeper Shay Given.

The Daily Mail says Ashley will block a move to Manchester City and insist Given plays against them tonight.

Following Ashley's surprise appearance at the club's training ground this week, manager Joe Kinnear has his backing to start the keeper at Eastlands even though City have bid £8million for him.

Former City midfielder Joey Barton is also likely to play tonight.

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