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Chris Hughton is backing the Newcastle captain, Michael Owen, to fire the club to Premier League safety on his return from injury. The 29-year-old England international has not played for the Magpies since the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on 28 January, missing the last five games with an ankle ligament injury. In that time, Newcastle have slipped to within a point of the relegation zone and head into Saturday's trip to 14th-placed Hull in desperate need of a victory.

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Newcastle are ready to resume talks with Michael Owen over a possible new contract.

Villa complete Heskey signing

Aston Villa tonight completed the signing of England striker Emile Heskey from Wigan in a £3.5m deal.

Kinnear mulling over new deal

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear has refused to commit himself to agreeing a new contract offer and insists he wants to create his own team.

Sam Wallace: Owen's fig leaf of loyalty cannot hide how much he is taking the Michael

Loyalty: always a dangerous claim to make in football. "I hope this will ... not [be] seen as being disloyal in any way," said Michael Owen when he announced his intention to see out his last season at Newcastle United without signing a new contract. Or, should we say, when he announced his intention to leave for nothing at the end of the season and thus secure a lucrative free transfer for the last payday of a very lucrative career.

Owen delays decision on his future until summer

Michael Owen plunged Newcastle United into further chaos yesterday when he gave the clearest signal yet that he will be leaving the club in the summer. Owen announced he would not sign a new contract this season and will wait until July to make his decision, by which time he will be a free agent.

Anelka happy to partner Drogba in supporting role

Nicolas Anelka has told the Chelsea manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari, that he is ready to play a supporting role for Didier Drogba in attack. The Frenchman has enjoyed successful partnerships with Dennis Bergkamp at Arsenal and Michael Owen at Liverpool and now wants to see if he can make it work with Drogba.

Owen stalling over new contract

The Newcastle striker Michael Owen will take his time as he considers the club's new contract offer. The 29-year-old's representatives received details of the Magpies' proposed terms on Monday and are still working their way through the paperwork. There has been no formal response from the Owen camp, although sources close to the England international striker have insisted he has not rejected the new deal.

Owen offered four-year deal as Ashley invests

The unpredictable nature of Mike Ashley's ownership of Newcastle United was revealed again yesterday when Michael Owen received a four-year contract offer – not three years as has been reported – and at a salary believed to be around £90,000 per week, not £80,000.

Newcastle kick off Owen contract talks

Newcastle yesterday formally offered a new contract to their striker Michael Owen, who will have to accept a significant pay cut if he decides to stay. The manager, Joe Kinnear, revealed on Friday that Owen, Nicky Butt, Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi, all out of contract at the end of the season, would be made offers this week. He expects to sit down with all four today to discuss the way forward, having been given the go-ahead by Newcastle's owner, Mike Ashley.

<a href="http://peter-bills.livejournal.com/2102.html" target="_blank">Peter Bills: Newcastle don't deserve to keep Michael Owen</a>

Newcastle United’s surprising win at Portsmouth on Sunday notwithstanding, Joe Kinnear expresses his suspicions that Michael Owen is not about to rush into the club offices, seize the new contract he has been offered and sign with a flourish. How perceptive is Mr. Kinnear.

Owen explains Newcastle deal delay

Newcastle striker Michael Owen insists the "hysteria" which has gripped the club over the past few months is responsible for contract talks being put on hold.

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Michael Owen could be out for a month after sustaining a groin injury in training with Newcastle.

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