Although Shay Given noted his displeasure with recent play, Joe Kinnear insisted the club is not interested in selling him:
“Shay is contracted here until 2011. He’s our player and he is going to stay our player.
“We are not interested in selling him and he’s an integral part of the team.
“He trained very well today and will start at Hull.
“I’m going to keep the players who will keep us in the Premier League.
“I had a long chat with Shay and he wants to do the best he possibly can for the club.”
Both Arsenal and Manchester City are rumoured to test Newcastle’s resolve with a offer in the £10m+ range for the Republic of Ireland international.