Keegan wants Harper to stay at Newcastle

29 April 2008
Kevin Keegan has issued a hands off warning to clubs thinking of luring goalkeeper Steve Harper away from St James' Park. The Newcastle stopper has been linked with a move to Liverpool as understudy to Jose Reina.The 33-year-old has been in outstanding form while he has been deputising for Shay Given between the sticks and Keegan is keen to keep him at the club.

Keegan told the Newcastle Chronicle: "I am not looking for him to go out, though I'm sure he would come and see me if Liverpool come and knock on his door.

"I'm not surprised if other teams are interested. Steve Harper is a very, very good goalkeeper.

"Everyone has always known that, but it's always been hidden by the fact he has not played."