Veteran Shay Given still has plenty to offer, say Stoke

Stoke City are confident Shay Given has plenty left to offer at Premier League level after the veteran Ireland keeper secured a two-year deal at the club yesterday.

Veteran Shay Given still has plenty to offer, say Stoke

Given fills the gap left by veteran Thomas Sorensen’s departure at the end of the previous campaign, and with first-choice Asmir Begovic seemingly on his way out of the Britannia Stadium, with Chelsea stepping up their interest, the 39-year-old will provide competition for England U21 international Jack Butland.

“I know Shay particularly well from our time together at Manchester City and I’m really looking forward to working with him again,” said manager Mark Hughes.

“He will not only be a great asset on the pitch as an outstanding goalkeeper but he’s also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club – a true professional.”

Given joined Stoke after being released from the final year of his deal with Villa and Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes added: “Few players can match Shay for the longevity of his career, but having finished last season as Villa’s first-choice goalkeeper it’s clear he still has so much to offer.”

Stoke also confirmed the acquisition of Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan.

Van Ginkel has struggled to establish himself in the Blues midfield since joining from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013 and spent last season on loan at AC Milan – making 18 appearances.

“Marco is the kind of player we have been looking to bring to the club,” Hughes told the club’s official website. “He will bring great energy to the side and is capable of scoring goals from midfield, as he showed during his time with Vitesse.”

West Ham have completed the signing of defender Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old Italy international has penned a four-year deal with the Hammers and becomes their fourth signing of the summer. Ogbonna made his name at Torino before joining city rivals Juventus in 2013, winning two Serie A titles and the Coppa Italia during his time there.

Manchester United were also close to confirming the arrival of an Italian defender yesterday, with Louis van Gaal confirming that Matteo Darmian was scheduled to have a medical ahead of a move from Torino.

The fee for the 25-year-old full-back is believed to be in the region of €17m.

Van Gaal was less definitive on the future of compatriot Robin van Persie, who is in talks with Turkish club Fenerbahce. Asked whether he was looking for a another striker because the Holland international was leaving Van Gaal added: “When you say that it is not all true.

“When we feel we can say he is gone you shall hear it from Manchester United. We don’t have the feeling yet.”

Back in London, Crystal Palace new-boy Yohan Cabaye insists he is ready to “fight” for manager Alan Pardew with the pair reunited following the midfielder’s move from Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Newcastle man will again link up with Eagles’ boss Pardew, who initially took Cabaye to St James’ Park in 2011.

Although the fee is undisclosed it is reported to be a new club-record deal for the Eagles, eclipsing the fee they paid for James McArthur from Wigan last season.

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