Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan wants to pair Michael Owen with England strike partner Peter Crouch next season, according to todayâ€™s Sunday Mirror.
Kevin Keegan – starting to think about summer transfers
The Newcastle manager will soon be sitting down with Mike Ashley and Chris Mort, and probably the Recruitment team led by Dennis Wise, to discuss which players he wants to bring to the club in the summer.
He will also want to ensure he keeps key players, so some contracts will need to be signed with captain Michael Owen and young local boy and England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor, top of the list.
Keegan is said to want Owen to sign a new four-year deal at Newcastle that will make a statement to Peter Crouch and other top Premier League stars about Newcastle’s ambitions.
“Michael Owen is the first big signing we have to make. I am sure it will be done. He is totally committed here. I see it every day.â€
“It sends a message that not only we are looking for quality but if we have quality we want to keep it.”
We think Peter Crouch is hugely under-rated at Liverpool. Not only is he good in the air, but suprisingy skillful with his feet and he also has a good attitude.
Crouch may reject the offer of a new contract at Liverpool and has said he wants to play more football than he is getting at Liverpool. Itâ€™s going to be difficult for Peter to get too many games there with Fernando Torres now probably one of the best strikers in the world.
But Keegan knows he will face very stiff competition from Portsmouth for the Â£10M rated player, who has played under Harry Redknapp at both Portsmouth and Southampton.
Redknapp even believes that Peter sparked the money that allowed Portsmouth to move on as he recalled:
“We bought Crouchy for Â£1M from QPR and later sold him to Aston Villa for Â£5.5M.”
“He did a great job for me, but the money we got for him helped finance bringing in players who helped us win the Championship title and move on in the Premier League.”
Keegan will hold transfer talks this week with Ashley and Mort, and he will find out exactly how much money will be available to him. When asked how much money he had to spend Kevin added:
“I can’t answer that until I sit down with the owner and chairman. You don’t go to Harrods if you haven’t got any money.â€“We couldn’t have those conversations until we were safe.â€
“The big message we are sending out is that we mean business. We want to keep our best players and we want to attract others of the very highest quality.”
It’s certainly going to look like a very good summer for Newcastle fans, and some news may even leak out this week if indeed, Kevin will be meeting with Chris and Mike, to discuss the summer transfer situation.
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