It looks like Newcastle are doing the sensible thing, and ensuring the stars they already have will be staying at the club for the foreseeable future.
Michael and Oba – both to get extended contracts – good
News today that Newcastle will open contract talks with both captain Michael Owen, and Nigerian Oba Martins.Â The hope is that they can get the stars nailed down to extended contracts before they go after new players in the summer.
Owen is on around Â£5M a year with his current contract and it looks like he will be offered a new 4 year contract for about the same, or perhaps slightly higher money. That would be around Â£20M over the next four years but when you consider weâ€™ll have Kevin for at least the next 3 years, that doesnâ€™t sound too bad a deal, since Michael will be one of Kevin’s key players.
Newcastle are also keen to tie down the one-off Oba Martins, who is hugely popular with Newcastle fans, and has started to score again. The news on Oba is that heâ€™ll be offered a 5 year contract of around Â£4.5M (Â£90K/week) a year. Not too bad for a 23 year old, and it shows Newcastle are willing to pay the big money to keep their stars.
Oba’s worth that because he will only get better and has shown tremendous skill and isÂ a player people will come to watch – especially the way Kevin will play the boy. He’s got tremendous potential and we think Kevin is a manager who can get the very best out of him.
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