Newcastle are set to ask the Premier League for permission to re-sign Shay Given in an emergency loan deal after Roberto Mancini confirmed the goalkeeper is free to leave Manchester City.
A shoulder injury to Steve Harper has ruled him out for up to three months and left Newcastle short of cover for youngster Tim Krul.
They want to bring Given back to Tyneside where he spent 12 years before joining City for £8million in February 2009.
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Given revealed his frustration at losing his place to Joe Hart, saying: 'If I'm flying around like Clark Kent all week I still won't play on a Saturday that can be demoralising. I wouldn't mind where a loan was.'
Although the 34-year-old could play his first game of the season in the Carling Cup at West Bromwich on Wednesday, Mancini confirmed that he will not stand in his way.
'If he wants to leave he can,' said Mancini.
'If he decided to leave he could have left a month ago. Now we must wait until January.'
No cover: Steve Harper's injury leaves Newcastle short on back up for Tim Krul
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