Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill yesterday refused to rule out a move for Michael Owen, the Newcastle United striker, to partner newly arrived Emile Heskey at Aston Villa.
Michael Owen – is an Aston Villa bid on the way?
O’Neill picked up Heskey for £3.5M, with his contract ending at Wigan Athletic in the summer, and of course Michael Owen’s contract at St James’ Park expires at the end of the season and a bid of around £5M could tempt Newcastle.
But Joe Kinnear will be adamant that neither Shay Given nor Michael Owen, two of Newcastle’s best players, will be leaving the club in January.
And certainly we don’t think that would go down well with Newcastle fans, since we need the two of them for the relegation scrap ahead – Shay to stop the goals against us, and Michael to score the goals for us.
Martin O’Neill told The Sun yesterday:
“I’m not saying that I will move for Owen in the summer – I’ve not looked at anything at that remote a distance,”
“But that’s not to say Michael Owen is not a terrific player. We wait to see. Anything is possible. Kaka is a possibility!”
“We want to try and compete at this level but what’s happening in the future? I have no idea.”
Owen and Heskey played together for both England and Liverpool and proved a very good partnership and Michael scored a lot of goals alongside the big man, whom Fabio Capello has used so well for England.
Aston Villa are now where we hoped Newcastle would be, after their American owner Daniel Levy came in and has backed Martin to the full, and kept in the background – and Aston Villa are now 4th top and going for a European Champions place next season.
This would be interesting to Owen for a number of reasons:
- He could partner Heskey who he’s been successful with before at Liverpool and England
- Michael could get European Football again, which he’s had very little of at Newcastle United.
- He would have a better chance of returning to the England fold in the very good and attacking Aston Villa side
Add to that the fact Newcastle could get £5M for him, while they’ll be getting nothing for him in the summer, and it could be a good deal.
But we don’t think Joe Kinnear will do this, since it would seriously damage our ability to stay in the Premier League, and we still hope Michael will stay at the club in the summer, although we admit that could well be a forlorn hope.
Thinks – why couldn’t Newcastle have brought in Heskey to partner Owen at Newcastle?