"By coming here I thought I could be at a club that is challenging for honours. I didn't want to finish my career regretting not taking up this offer."
Newcastle initially valued Given at around £8m with City's original offer of £5m described as "insulting" by Magpies' manager Joe Kinnear.
It is believed that negotiations between the two camps finally settled on a fee close to £7m with Steve Harper promoted to first-choice goalkeeper at Newcastle and Joe Hart dropping down Mark Hughes's pecking order at the City of Manchester Stadium.
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