Breaking News – Owen Offered New Contract at Newcastle


As expected, Newcastle United have formally offered a new contract to striker Michael Owen this morning, and our information is that they will then meet with Michael and his agents tomorrow, to go through the contract details with them.

Michael Owen – after scoring yesterday’s vital first goal

The England striker, who turned 29 on Saturday, has a current four-year contract, which is due to expire at the end of the season, and of course he could then leave Tyneside on a free transfer in the summer.

Newcastle paid £17M for Michael from Real Madrid on August 31st, 2005, while Graeme Souness was manager at the club.

Magpies’ manager Joe Kinnear had already confirmed, after Sunday’s massive 3-0 victory at Portsmouth, that plans were in place to open discussions on Tuesday with the England international, and several other players whose contracts are up this coming summer.

Those other players include Nicky Butt, Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi.

The Newcastle captain, along with his representatives will now study the contract offer, and then meet for any questions on the contract terms tomorrow, with the Newcastle Board and manager.

If Michael does want to stay, then we see no reason why he wouldn’t accept the offer, if the terms are attractive to him, and not even wait to see what other offers may come in for him, during the January transfer window.

That action will certainly be welcomed by the Newcastle Board, the Newcastle manager, and Newcastle fans everywhere.

Make sure you vote in our poll, on our home page, on whether you think Michael will sign the new contract and stay on Tyneside.



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110 comments so far

  • JMC

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #1

    How do you know Ed?

    Its not on official site!?

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  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    get it signed please michael! It would give the whole club a massive boost and signal our intent to the rest of the league that we mean business!

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  • Xisco Is A Pirate

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #3

    At least we know the management have an offer on the table. Whether he signs or not is another matter

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  • ELFER

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Where do you know this from?

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  • toonmadtom

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #5

    i will be suprised if he signs it

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  • HeronMag

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m praying he signs.

    Come on Michael, surprise us all and sign up to Kinnear’s Revolution!

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  • Xisco Is A Pirate

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Elfer: Skysports

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  • Nick 69

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #8

    im pretty sure that owen would sign if the contract was the same terms as the one he is currently on, however i doubt that will be the case and from Joe Kinnear sayin he will offer him a contract this week but doesnt expect him to sign it then it doesnt sound like its a very good deal they are putting on the table

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  • adam

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Give him a get out clause of around £10mil and I think he’ll sign – then it is good business all round

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  • King Joe

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t know about you lads, but I have a gut feeling that he will sign on…

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    king joe

    is that a sneaky way if telling us he will go to liverpool

    why does this story sound familiar

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    The bloke on sky sports says that is a strong firm offer.

    I think he will sign

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  • craig chisholm

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    i think if we offer him the same money that he will maybe, but so much has gone on – and most of it really bad that we just dont know where his head is right now, we should know by late in the week though i would have thought. if ashley comes in with 60 k a week and lets face it, smith is on that much!!! then we have no chance.

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  • ELFER

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Xisco Is A Pirate: I don’t think it’s the reliabelst source…

    But me feelings are also that if the contract is good (and that is the real IF) he will sign. How an impuls that would be for the rest of the squad and us, the fans!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #16

    JMC – Joe said they would meet tomorrow to discuss the new contract with his agent.
    So it would make sense to give them at least a day to review the contract – and it’s being reported by Sky Sports, which is usually fairly accurate.

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  • StevieA

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #17

    I think he will sign because it will be a good offer (it has to be) and also the grass isn’t always greener.

    If Owen goes to Chelsea or Man Utd or even Liverpool would he play every week? I highly doubt he would play more than 15 games a season!

    Owen isn’t stupid he knows that Newcastle will invest in new players and try and build the team. As long as he is reassured of that I think he will sign, you can see he enjoys being at Newcastle. Let’s face it we have been very good to him and have made him feel special since he arrived so why wouldn’t he?

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  • Xisco Is A Pirate

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Elfer – Obviously it’s had its failings in the past but I’d hope that on a topic that’s recieving such a degree of media attention they might decide to have their facts in place before publishing. Good point though.

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  • StevieA

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed I think the club leaked this to keep the supporters informed. It also stops the press getting carried away too with stories of Owen going to Everton etc.

    My gut feeling is that all players will sign the contracts.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Lets take it with a pinch of salt. This is an assumption based on previous comments not on any new developments. Without confirmation…..or indeed anything actually happening it can hardly be called breaking news.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #21

    i dont think he will sign(i hope im wrong)

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  • fostino

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #22

    re: StevieA

    you could well be right, and plus he owns the fans this commitment!

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Beye, what makes you think he wont sign?

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  • StevieA

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Fostino – Exactly and if he decided to go in the summer even if he has signed a contract then that’s fair enough. As long as he did it in the right way then I would respect his decision.

    We deserve a good transfer fee though if that happens.

    It won’t come to that though, the grass isn’t always greener – better the devil you know!

    Owen is well looked after, a first team regular and has a lot to thank Newcastle for. He is humble enough to know that deep down.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #25

    ronaldeano

    because with the club in the mess it is i cant see what we would be offering him other than wages

    also a pundit yesterday before the match said that he knows michael and his heart is still very much in the north west

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  • Viper

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #26

    various sites/sources quoting about a meagre £80/85k a week some with clauses.
    I hate to think it, but club before country? Sorry but don’t think good’ol MO has that in him not being of geordie blood.
    Proved wromg yesterday mind with fabulous 0-3 scoreline, so prooove me wrong once more!

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  • Toon Olly

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #27

    go on micky sign up you little bastard! itl boost our january business no end as the vote of confidence from a world class player will persuade fresh blud to sign!

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  • raghav

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    it would be sure a huge surprise if signs under this crappy admisnistration,but we should try to keep him as he is the best that we have got.HE fully deserves watever he asks for but dont think Dumb ashley would give it so easily

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Thats true, but i dont think Everton could afford his wages and Liverpool dont need him as they dont even play their new 20 million signing in Keane.

    Owen knows he wont be going anywhere in Jan and Capello has said today that if Owen keeps his form and fitness with regular first team football then the international door is open to him.

    He would get all of that at NUFC so it makes sense for him to sign imo

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  • AO

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #30

    If Owen signs a new contract i will never return to this blog. It 100% wont happen. He has already spoken to other managers and is off in january. All this talk of him not being allowed to go in january is lies from kinnear.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #31

    ao

    y would he lie

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #32

    AO, will you be on this blog on Sunday after we thrash your poxy little club AGAIN?

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Also he has not spoken to anyone because he is under contract. He is free to speak to managers in January you thick cockney tw@t

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  • raghav

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Kinnear would lie coz he doesnt really know wat is going on.he is a mere puppet who just wants to save his job by licking ashleys boots

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #35

    ronaldeano

    gd point surely if he has spoken to any1 we would be entitled to compensation

    also even if he does agree with sum1 else he cant leave until june

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #36

    raghav

    surely though he wouldnt be lieing this time coz ashley needs to protect his investment

    which means that if we sold owen and went down we would be getting 2 mil for the transfer and loosing 60 mil for our prem status

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  • StevieA

    Dec 15, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Spurs are playing us at the wrong time that’s for sure.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #38

    stevie a

    i disagree i dont think you can tell realy with the way things are going

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  • ronaldeano

    Dec 15, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #39

    He will be signed up in the next few days and he will bang in a hatrick against Spurs on Sunday just to put the icing on the cake 🙂

    Maybe AO will keep his word and stay away from this site 😉

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  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 15, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Please sign Michael,
    if only to get that spud off this site!..
    😀

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