Itâ€™s now mid-June and Newcastle fans still have no idea whether Michael Owen will be staying or going. Michael is in Dubai right now attending the wedding of his friend Steven Gerrard and when he gets back maybe heâ€™ll then inform the Newcastle hierarchy what his plans are â€“ if he hasnâ€™t already.
Newcastle continue to be linked with moves for strikers â€“ which would suggest that the club is expecting Owen to leave. We would also expect that Mike Ashley – for one – would be interested in what Owen’s plans are for the immediate future.
The latest news â€“ although this is from the News of the World – is that we are after Fredi Kanoute â€“ who is currently at Seville. The transfer fee is quoted at Â£7M.
Itâ€™s being reported that Sam Allardyce has already contacted Kanouteâ€™s agent.
Kanoute’s agent – who is Christophe Mongai – said yesterday:
“It’s true Newcastle are interested, but so are Portsmouth.
“There’s no concrete offer yet but Fredi is interested.”
Of course the agent would say that â€“ since one part of their job is to draw clubs into bidding for their clients. Kanoute is said to want to join a big club and would prefer Newcastle over Portsmouth.
Kanoute is a French born Malian striker who is 29 years old and has 20 goals for the Spanish side this season – but apparently has recently fallen out with them. Fredi Kanoute has been with four clubs in his career and has the following scoring record at each club.
Club Games Goals Lyon 40 9 West Ham 84 19 Tottenham 60 14 Seville 62 26
So in 246 games Fredi has scored 78 goals so that’s a goals to games ratio of about 32% or one goal in every three games. Great goal-scorers like Alan Shearer have an average of about 50% or one goal every two games. Fredi scores goals but couldn’t be said to be prolific.
He has played for Mali 6 times and scored 5 goals.
We may have to start assuming that Michael Owen’s silence may be ominous in that maybe he has told Newcastle already he will not be here at the start of next season.
Weâ€™ve always said we think Owen owes the fans some comment on whether he will be leaving the Toon. But if he is leaving he may want to delay the announcement as long as possible. We suggest that if he is leaving he get out of Town first â€“ then make the announcement â€“ because it will be a very sad day for Newcastle fans – the same 25,000 fans that turned up to greet him when he was first signed in August, 2005 – and they will not be happy campers.