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Michael Owen agrees Man City transfer

Michael Owen is set to clinch a free-transfer to Abu-Dhabi-owned club Manchester City in the summer after refusing to sign a contract extension with present club Newcastle United.

The England International has only scored 29 goals in all competitions since arriving from Real Madrid for a fee in excess of 16 million, and most fans will feel that if the 29-year-old wants to leave, the club should cash-in before it is too late. However, there have been no offers for Owen from any of the so-called 'Big Four' of English football, and Manchester City look to be the safest option for the former-Liverpool man, who has recently fallen out of favour with England manager Fabio Capello.

The Daily Express is reporting that Michael Owen has struck a 'gentleman's agreement' with the Manchester-based club to join them on a Bosman transfer once the transfer window opens in the summer - with City poised to pay him 90,000 a week on a 3 year-deal.

This may be worrying news for the injury-hit Magpies who are without several of their key players. Newcastle current lie only two points above the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League.

The question now is whether Newcastle should stick with a player who has already decided to leave them over the summer and hope that his potential contribution this season is enough to avoid a January sale? Or, would it be in the club's best interest to think long-term and recoup at least a fraction of the 16m they paid in 2005, and buy someone who actually wants to wear the black & whites stripes?

Joe Kinnear will have to think long, and hard to make that decision. But the club's owner has made it abundantly clear that any player is expendable if the right offer comes along, and with Owen's determination to leave for free over the summer, the club might as well take Mike Ashley's lead and go ahead with the player's sale to make way for an younger and less injury-prone option.

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Writer: Mehzeb Chowdhury Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 10 2009

Time: 1:09AM

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Michael 'Money isn't an issue' Owen... yeah right!
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10/01/2009 01:51:00

Money certainly isnt an issue, he is free :)
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10/01/2009 04:06:00

I don't know one Newcastle fan who thinks we should take a few million for MO now. We are clearly fighting relegation along with a number of other teams and having a proven top class goalscorer is the one thing that currently sets us apart from most of the others. To get rid of MO now would be suicide as you do not get top class striker in January without paying extortionate fees, which we all know Ashley isn't willing to do. I can assure you that this is what most Newcastle fans think. I would love to know where this site gets their information from as once again it is clearly miles out!
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10/01/2009 04:50:00

As for the comments above regarding MO's love for money. Imagine: you are a proven stiker who averages a goal every other game; something every team in the world would be delighted to have. You are playing for a team fighting relegation and is moving backwards year on year, with an owner who is clearly unwilling to finance a push for anything better than mid table safety at best. Your goal scoring chances are limited to a couple of half chances most games. You have an offer from the richest club in the land who are looking to invest in a team with ambitions to get amongst the top 4, with exciting creative players to provide you with amunition and they are located close to your family home. Anybody who could put themselves in that position and decide to stay at Newcastle is an idiot or a liar! Good luck to him; its Ashley's lack of ambition and clueless management that is the reason MO wants to leave. Lets face it if Shay has had enough then the current predicament is enough to demoralise any player!!
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10/01/2009 05:08:00

If the rumour is true, He certainly wont get a good reception from the Fans. If he has indicated he will go in the summer, surely it would make sense to cash in on him now?
Buzz Lightyear
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10/01/2009 10:10:00

Spot on Dicka lad. It's widely known he'll be on his way so let's just get a few months of good service from him, stay up and then rebuild (big style) this summer. Hopefully fresh ownership = fresh impetus.
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