Newcastle Working Hard To Keep Their Stars


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.

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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.  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 £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 £20M over the next four years but when you consider we’ll have Kevin for at least the next 3 years, that doesn’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 he’ll be offered a 5 year contract of around £4.5M (£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 is  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.

Signing Michael and Oba to long term contracts is exactly what the club should be doing as a prelude to the summer transfer season – but what’s going on with Stephen Taylor?

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    they will all get contracts, it will be done quickly after the mackams match, as long as we win i heard.

    anyone who believed that oba was older than he says he is should look at that picture of him when he signed… little school boy lol

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  • Eric

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Give ’em the money Mabel (as Wilfred Pickles used to say).We must keep Oba and Owen if we are serious about taking the premiership title away from the Gang of Four.

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  • Davies

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Give ’em whatever they want. I’ll chip in a fiver.

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  • wsq

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    90000 pound per week he should pounding in the goals as often as drogba

    at 120 000 pounds per week he should be pounding more goals then drogba equivalent to C ronaldo

    90000 is Torres’s wage.

    Goodness.. torres should be paid more! Liverpool are ripping him off.

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  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    The difference between Drogba/Torres and Owen/Martins is that the first two are with clubs who can offer Champions League football whilst we cant even offer UEFA Cup at the moment.Unfortunatly because of this we may have to offer higher wages in order to keep and attract top class players who may be looking to play at a higher level.

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  • ehssi

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Torres has 126000 pound per week ;).

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  • Sal

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #7

    Insane contracts are the norm these days, its the only way we will attract players for now, if we can afford it, then there is no problem so long as said players give their all.

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Good to hear Oba’s getting a great contract as well as Owen.

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  • Obafan

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Hope thos contracts will be in the bag ASAP. Then they con focus on which players to bring in during the summer. They should already have seen who, but then they can start to work on those issues.

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  • Michael

    Apr 18, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #10

    The sooner those contracts are in the bag the better. We do not want to be focussing on these players for too long lest we miss out on others good players while concentrating our efforts in securing these two.

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