Joe Kinnear has said today he wants to sit down and talk to all the players who are out of contract next summer, and he’s confident all will sign new contracts for the club by late next week – except Michael Owen.
Michael Owen – looking at his options in January
Other Newcastle players whose contracts run out include Nicky Butt, Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar and Mark Viduka.
Joe also said that he’s been talking to the Directors all week, and that he will try to bring in two new faces in January, and keep all of his current squad.
Speaking on the new contracts, Kinnear said today:
“I think I’d like to get all the players who are out of contract signed up, hopefully next week.” “I have spent the last four or five days talking to directors.”
“There will be offers on the table for I am confident of that.” “I want at least two new faces, and I will be in the position to buy two new players.”
“It will be up to the players and the ball will be in their court.”
We wouldn’t expect Cacapa to be offered a new contract and wonder also if David Edgar will be allowed to move on in the summer.
Joe then talked about what the chances were for Michael to extend his contract on Tyneside:
“I’m not that confident.” “I am pretty confident about everyone else.”
“He (Owen) is looking at his options.” “He will sit down with us on Tuesday.”
And Hoe has reiterated that he wants everybody to stay in January when the transfer window opens again.
“We won’t be selling anybody here.” “Not until we are safe.”
“We are in a relegation battle and there are 10 teams down there with us.”
That’s a sensible strategy from Joe, but it’s a little worrying what he says about Michael Owen, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Owen has already been approached by one of the big teams, like Chelsea, for example.