The Sun is reporting today that Aston Villa are ready to pay what it takes to sign Michael Owen in the January transfer window.
O’Neill – taking advantage of Newcastle uncertainty for second time?
We wouldn’t be at all surprised if this story is true, because Martin has already taken one of our best players to Villa, by paying a hefty transfer fee, and he may be willing to do that again with Newcastle captain Owen.
Ashley and his people were unable to turn down the £12M offered for Milner, and Newcastle got 80% of the fee (£9.6M), with 20% going to Leeds United (£2.4M).
O’Neill wants to bring in an experienced striker with a proven goalscoring record, to help out current strikers Gabby Agbonlahor and John Carew. And if Mike Ashley and his people are still here in January, he could again take the money and let Owen go, although interim manager Joe Kinnear will resist it mightily.
But so did Kevin Keegan in August, who certainly didn’t want to lose James Milner, whom he called a gem of a player, but money talked with Ashley and his cronies. It was a good price for James, no doubt about that, but we would prefer to keep our best young players, and James was a great lad and a smashing little player.
Michael Owen – clubs can talk to him on January 1st
It seems that Martin has received American owner Randy Lerner’s backing to go after Michael Owen, if Newcastle’s star striker becomes available.
But if nothing happens at the club before January, which is starting to look possible, Newcastle don’t have much say in things, unless they are willing to offer Michael a new contract, and it’s unlikely Michael will sign one, when he doesn’t know who the new owner and new permanent manager will be.
Owen, 28, is now in his final season of his initial 4 year contract when he signed in August, 2005 from Real Madrid for £17M. His contract is around £105K/week give or take a few thousand here or there. 😀
Newcastle did offer Michael an improved three-year contract in August, but that was just before the blow-up between Kevin Keegan and the Newcastle Board, and that blow-up actually started with Milner’s transfer to Aston Villa about 5 days prior to the blow up, which erupted on Monday afternoon, September 1st, the last day of the transfer window.
Mlner was sold against the wishes of the Newcastle manager.
What a way to run a club, and it hasn’t got much better since then – because we never hear from the Newcastle Board or Mike Ashley at all, and have absolutely no idea what is going on.
We’re just pleased Joe Kinnear has come in, when other managers wouldn’t, and taken care of all things at the club, and even put Newcastle onto winning ways. The Under-18 and Reserve sides are now doing very well under Richard Money and the rest of our very small coaching staff, and they’ve all done a terrific job in very trying circumstances.
We don’t know where we’d be if Kinnear hadn’t come in and given his all for the Newcastle United club, over these last 7 weeks, but it looks like the soap opera of Mike Ashley’s ownership of our proud club still has several weeks to run.