Newcastle prioritise new Owen deal
Thursday 17 April 2008
Newcastle United are to begin contract negotiations with Michael Owen within the next fortnight, a development that will delight manager Kevin Keegan who has described Owen as Newcastle's main summer target. Owen's present contract expires at the end of next season and it is usual for an extension to have been discussed by now, but Newcastle's mid-season change of manager, their erratic form and the recent UK absence of owner Mike Ashley have contributed to a delay. But Newcastle are now starting to plan again and the signs are that Owen will stay.
That has never been guaranteed, not even in August 2005 when Owen left Real Madrid for Tyneside. Two serious injuries have restricted Owen's contribution and it is only now that Newcastle fans are taking to the 28 year-old.
Keegan's first act was to make Owen captain and Owen has responded with goals, improved form and an apparent deepening of his relationship with the club.
There have been rumours of interest from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, and Keegan will not be relieved until he sees Owen's signature. But if Ashley is prepared to sanction a contract believed to be worth £115,000 per week, then Newcastle fans will be as heartened by their owner's ambition as Keegan.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal vs Manchester City: With Arsene Wenger missing a number of key players, who could start the Community Shield clash?
Malaysian cyclist could face disciplinary action after 'Save Gaza' gloves protest
Chelsea transfer news: Didier Drogba returns to Stamford Bridge on one-year deal
Manchester United: Five things we've learned so far about Louis van Gaal, including his ability to accommodate Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney
Liverpool transfer news: Reds 'in talks' to sign Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan as summer spending threatens to exceed £100m
- 1 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 2 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 3 Exclusive: Cameron’s Big Society in tatters as charity watchdog launches investigation into claims of Government funding misuse
- 4 Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains