Middlesbrough look set to miss out on a deal for Shay Given, with the veteran keeper now reportedly set to join Stoke City.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka was confident enough of capturing the free agent former Aston Villa, Manchester City and Newcastle goalkeeper to talk about him in a press conference today.
But Given, released from the final year of his Villa Park contract, looks to have turned his back on a two-year Boro deal to to stay in the Premier League with Stoke, managed by his former boss at Manchester City, Mark Hughes.
Stoke’s intervention – whose first-choice keeper, Asmir Begovic, is a target for Chelsea – will be a huge blow to Karanka, who spoke about Given when he met the press at Rockliffe Park for the first time since Boro’s play-off final defeat to Norwich in May.
Asked about Given, he said: “We are working on the keeper position, we are working on the striker position, we are working on the midfielder position.
“Shay was here, I know him, he knows me, so we are working and let’s see.”