The Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle United have offered Michael Owen a one-year extension to his contract at about £85K a week.
Michael Owen – unlikely to accept reduced offer
It will be dubious if this is acceptable to Michael Owen and his advisors, since it’s nowhere near the deal he was on at Newcastle previously.
The proverbial source close to the club told the Chronicle today:
“Newcastle want to keep Michael Owen, but they are only prepared to offer him another year after his contract runs out at the end of this season.”
Newcastle would not discuss this news and Michael Owen’s people also did not want to discuss something, which right now, after all, is just rumor, let’s be honest.
We’ve lost James Milner today to Aston Villa and this news will probably not come as good news to the Newcastle fans, yet both players have been so professional in the way they have gone about their business at Newcastle, and have been model professionals.
We’re sorry to have to bring this up, but this contrasts with another player on our books, who presumably has the backing of Ashley.
Ashley has reportedly backed down to Kevin Keegan on the Joey Barton affair, but as far as we know, the owner didn’t back down with Milner,
We’re not sure we are hearing the exact truth about what went on – becasue this looks so bad, but it would be nice to get some clarification from the club.
If we had to hazard a guess we don’t think Michael will accept this offer, as he could now get much better offers from other clubs in England.