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.