(CNN) -- Shay Given took a step nearer his expected move to Manchester City after his current club Newcastle gave him permission to talk to their Premier League rivals, Sky Sports News reported..
Given has been a mainstay of the Newcastle team for a number of seasons.
Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Given has become disenchanted with events a St James' Park and indicated earlier in the January transfer window that he wanted a transfer.
Given, who has been at the north-east club for over 10 years, has been linked with a number of clubs with cash-rich City emerging as favorites.
Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear said earlier this week that City had made an offer, reported to be £5 million for Given, but that it had been rejected.
Given has established a reputation as one of the leading goalkeepers in the Premier League and been a mainstay at under achievers Newcastle.
Kinnear responded to the club's injury crisis by signing midfielder Kevin Nolan from Bolton on Friday and he is set to be drafted into the side for Sunday's home derby match against bitter rivals and fellow relegation candidates Sunderland.
There was further bad news for Newcastle as England striker Michael Owen was ruled out for up to six weeks with ankle ligament damage sustained in the 2-1 midweek loss to Manchester City, while midfielder Danny Guthrie could be out for as long as eight weeks after damaging a hamstring.
In other transfer news as the deadline loomed on Monday, struggling Blackburn signed Senegal international El-Hadji Diouf.
He is re-united with former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce at Ewood Park.
Chelsea also made their first signing by bringing promising 17-year-old Turkish midfielder Gokhan Tore from Bayer Leverkusen for an undisclosed fee.
West London rivals Fulham also bolstered their squad by signing fit-again Giles Barnes from second-flight Derby County on loan until the end of the season.