News is coming through today, that this week will be a big week for the Newcastle club, in that new contract offers are being extended to Michael Owen, Nicky Butt, Shola Ameobi and Steve Harper.
Steve Harper with Shay – the best Reserve keeper in Premier League
And if Joe can get the deals all signed this week, he will most certainly be on a high, even more so than he is right now, following the 3-0 victory on the south coast yesterday afternoon and a very good team display from the players.
We reported earlier today, and it’s now being reported in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, that Michael has been offered what is described as a good contract offer by Sky Sports, and Michael said today:
“I haven’t spoken to the club about my contract despite all the speculation in the papers.”“I can’t do anything until I sit down and start negotiating.”
And when the Newcastle captain was then asked if he wanted to stay at Newcastle United, he said:
“It depends what the contract is.”“I feel I have a bit more to offer than just a six-month contract because I have a bit more to offer, having just turned 29!”
“Like most of these things it is meant to be private.” “This has attracted it’s fair share of attention and we know things are never quiet in Newcastle.”
And it’s now coming out that Joe Kinnear has promised Shola Ameobi a good new deal, after the player has been revitalized under the stewardship of Kinnear, since Joe arrived at the club in late September.
Local lad Shola set up the third goal for Danny Guthrie yesterday, and has shown to be more than a decent player, when playing for the new manager.
And Kinnear is also hinting that Nicky Butt and Steve Harper could also commit their futures to the Newcastle club this week as Joe said today:
“Shola was one who I’d say loves Newcastle, and would want to sign, so we’ll look after him.”
“Harps is the same, as is Nicky Butt, who I thought was outstanding with Danny Guthrie yesterday.”
It would be great to have all four players sign their contracts, before our game at home to Spurs next Sunday afternoon (3:00 pm KO).
That would give the club added stability and then five good players coming in during the January transfer window, with possibly a few fringe players moving out, would be perfect.