Newcastle After Bent So Owen or Martins Leaving?


The Daily Mirror today is reporting that Newcastle are after Darren Bent to ease a potential striker crisis at the club. Supposedly that crisis is that Allardyce must believe that either Owen or Martins will not be with the club in August.

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Darren Bent

Tottenham have been favorites to sign the Charlton and former Ipswich striker, with the two clubs trying to agree over the fee these last few days. Indeed Tottenham increased their offer from £12M to £14M earlier this week but Charlton say they will take nothing less than £17M. Newcastle’s interest – backed by billionaire Mike Ashley – will only make Charlton hold out for the bigger fee.

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has concerns over the get-out clauses in the contracts of both Owen and Martins – and it is rumored that Ashley is not too happy about these contracts. This will certainly be an area of investigation when Ashley appoints an executive to review the total workings of the club. That appointment is expected to be made next week and it is also being said this could even cost Shepherd his job – though that may be overplaying it a bit.

But is Bent really worth £17M? Other good players like David Nugent are available for much less. Sunderland are in for Nugent and the price is quoted as around £7M – and even that is high for a player who has yet to play in the Premiership.

Obviously Allardyce fears losing one or even both forwards before the end of August. Sam is also said to be concerned about Michael Owen’s heart not being at Newcastle. If that is really true then Sam should help Owen to leave and find another club. The last thing we need at Newcastle are players not fully committed to the club – whoever they are.  Indeed there is news today in the Guardian that Arsenal will pursue Owen and Martins as a replacement for the departed Henry to Barcelona.

There’s no doubt with Ashley’s money we can afford Darren Bent but we wonder if he is the right choice if indeed we are to sign another striker. If Owen or Martins are to leave then Sam has no other choice but to get on with it – and whoever is the one to leave – ship them out and bring in one or two new strikers. At least then everybody will be at the club because they want to be – which is the only way it should be.

Comments and opinions always welcome.



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19 comments so far

  • Daveyboy the mag

    Jun 23, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I would personally drive owen to arsenal to be honest. Never have I heard so much hype surrounding a player leaving us that to be honest, isn’t that good anymore! As you say if there hearts not in it then get them out! With ashley there we can get potentially any player we want. But one thing I would say is “why arsenal” are they not a side going backwards, it is yet to see where the toon will finish next season but it appears we willmove forward, can’t say the same for the gunners!

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  • Jeff

    Jun 23, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Its getting pathetic all this talk….Martins has apparently said he is committed to the club…..What more has he got to do…As for Owen maybe he shouldve said something..But even if he did people would still moan saying things like well so he should so he is in a no win situation…..At the moment its all speculation..And until something happens thats all it will be..If either do leave so what..Yes they are class strikers but we will replace them just like we did with Andy Cole,Les Ferdinand etc etc etc……Players are replaceable.

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  • kev

    Jun 23, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    What worries me most is if we let owen and martins go, when? Is it going to be when the good strikers available have already been snapped up? This is why Sam should say to owen or Martins that “if you want to leave, then say it now while I can still replace you, either way I want an answer by Monday”. Is they actually anything wrong with saying this, he is the boss after all and should be knowing what there players are thinking. Put it this way, is it fair on Newcastle Owen isn’t commiting his future? Silence can tell you a lot, and this to me is one of thoose examples.

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  • joe

    Jun 23, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Owen might have committed to NUFC. There is only one man who needs to know – Big Sam and he says he is happy with his strike force. Let’s have a little faith in Sam and the players he has at the club now. He is sure to bring in the players he feels he needs. Give the bloke a chance.

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  • wallsend

    Jun 23, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Why do people believe everything they read in the papers. I don’t believe this story one bit. its just a paper making up a story to print probably.
    But i would be pleased if we did get alan smith, and for 3.5m that is a bargain for someone like him.

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  • Guy

    Jun 23, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    17m for Darren Bent? you must be taking the piss. Can anyone seriously believe that Bent is worth 1m more than Thierry Henry? We bought Owen for 16m and he was an established England international playing for real madrid not some average premiership striker who’s had a couple of half decent seasons. This just goes to show the rediculously inflated prices of English players – 7m for Nugent when he hasn’t even played in the prem!

    We’ve got to hang on to Owen and Martins if this is the kind of over-rated crap we’ve got lined up as a replacement! Losing these two will knock the club’s new-found optimism.

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  • carl

    Jun 23, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    what ever we do we must keep oba

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  • Nobby

    Jun 23, 2007 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #10

    totally agree with ya kev lay down the law and get em to say what it is they want before they hurt this club even more by pulling out at the last minute and leaving us with no decent strikers for the new season

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  • Jeff

    Jun 23, 2007 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Kev howay mate do you not think big sam wouldve already sounded owen and martins out?There is no way sam would leave it till the last minute…Of course he wouldve asked them what the score is……….And the reports say owen will start at the toon next season and martins has stated he is committed to the toon……..what more do you want them to do?The only way they will leave is if a club in the top four come in or top europe sides…..if that happens then they may leave but that will depend on which club it is………..I cant see owen going to man city….I mean why would he………they are a worse club than newcastle no way will he leave for there…………he would leave for a club in champions league but until one of those comes in he’ll stay at the toon

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  • Andreas

    Jun 23, 2007 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #12

    @Guy, I agree 100% with your comment. £17 mill for Bent is a retarded price, he’s hardly worth a third of that price.

    If Arsenal try to raid NUFC for Henry’s replacement I personally hope it’s Owen they snatch and not Martins.

    With Henry off to Barcelona we might be able to get Gudjonsen from them (if indeed Owen or Martins leave), and that’s a lot better buy at 8-9 mill than Bent for twice that sum. Smith for 3-4 mill wouldn’t be bad either in my opinion.

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  • nightfall

    Jun 23, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    i think we need fast, strong, explosive strikers and gudjohnsen and smith are not among them!!

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  • Keep Oba

    Jun 23, 2007 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Losing Oba for 13 mil and buying bent for 17 mil would be stupid. A step back finacially and on the field.

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  • Jade

    Jun 23, 2007 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Perhaps Arsenal will be a new beginning for Owen, maybe playing for a big top table club will get him motivated again (perhaps he can then put in some decent performances for the national team) as he obviously doesn’t have the heart to become a fully blooded geordie.

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    Jun 24, 2007 at 5:55 PM

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