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Villa Linked With World Class Striker

Is it January already? Must be as earlier in the week we were linked with Wigan's Emile Heskey and now we are being linked with ...... I do like this one.... Newcastle United's Michael Owen.

World class striker at Villa? And then the Heskey link would also make perfect sense as Owen used to feed very nicely off Heskey's work for England. I know there is just one big IF linked to this though, the injury record. Owen, who seems to have been around forever, is still only 28 (29 in December) and if fit is a match for any striker in the world. That is the thing though, IF fit. Is it worth the gamble? I'd pay his taxi fair down personally, but then again, I'm not the geezer who has to pay his wages...!

The Sun... hmmm .... have an article saying Villa will pay what it takes to get the England and former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker to Villa Park.

Newcastle have apparently offered him a new deal but that deal seems to have been on the table for a very long time and Owen hasn't taken them up on it and he could walk away on a free next summer, so surely they'll want to cash in on him in January rather than risk losing their asset for nothing at the end of the season, especially when you consider they paid around 17 million for him. Owen can't be happy at the fact Joe Kinnear (LOL, JOE KINNEAR!!!!) has kept him on the bench since his return from injury.

The Sun claim Villa have a good chance because 'unlike Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal, Villa could guarantee Owen a regular starting place.'

His record:

Liverpool (1996-2004) 216 appearances and 118 goals.
Real Madrid (2004-2005) 35 appearances, 13 goals.
Newcastle (2005- ) 51 appearances, 21 goals.

England - 1998 onward - 89 appearances, 40 goals.

Michael Owen's official site: www.michaelowen.com
Wikipedia entry: Click Here




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 13 2008

Time: 11:31AM

Your Comments

very posh having your own official site eh?!?! Would LOVE to see us get him, it is a big risk but if it paid off, he could get us top four.
The Fear
I dunno. I'd rather someone who'd actually play.
DVall
Villa could possibly be the single best place for Owen to come to. BMH seems to have a great ability for getting players fit and keeping them there. If needed he could have his own training regime to nurse and strengthen any injury issue he may have a la Laursen, and as said I think he'd be more likely to play here than elsewhere. He's English. He could show Gabby a thing or 10. I'd love to see it happen. Likelyhood rating though...Poor to Very Low in my opinion.
Mayo_12
I'd love it, but not only is this in the Sun, its probably your doing Fear. You've written "Owen for Villa" or words to that effect a few times on here and all it would take is one lazy journo to pop on here and think oh ye, I'll have a bit of that. Still, talk of getting Owen is closer to the real thing than no talk and who knows, maybe MONs thinking the same thing as you.
PTP
Its all a case of if we go for him though Mayo so I wouldn't say its poor to very low, if MON wants him I think he'll come.
PTP
Owen and Heskey up front with Carew and Gabby as back up? Not bad eh?
young_jonah
Now that is a link! We (QPR) are being linked with Juventus striker Amuari - one of the better links for us!
Boxer
lol PTP. You think I've spoken so much about Owen they've picked up on it?!?!?! :o) I did start one a few years ago that seemed to gather pace... totally by mistake obviously! Still think we won't get top quality unless we go for them... in it to win it so to speak. That is why not going for Defoe last Jan was so baffling.
The Fear
Yeah, QPR is another team who could start to see some exciting action over the next few years, the money is certainly there isn't it Boxer!
The Fear
I think you've started this ye, we noticed in the transfer window how much the journo's use the fan sites. I think you done it on purpose tbh, not that I'm complaining, bit of talk never hurt anybody and the earlyer we put the option into Owens head the better, he might just come round to our way of thinking.
PTP
Depends on his options. Will Villa be the best available? And where will we be by January when our key players will be on their knees with exhaustion? Don't think Spuz or Titty need another striker. The top 4 won't want him, so maybe we have a chance.
Saurat
Have to say I like the adriano link, could see MON getting the best out of him!
pjvilla
Would be good for us, but 100k per week is a bit steep. 51 games in 3 years, not a good recent record.
DoLpHiNaToR
Adriano link? This is an Owen link isnt it?
young_jonah
saw the adriano link myself that would be intersting but dont see their being to much truth to it myself. but he does fit the MON mould big and strong
1982benny
DoLpHiNaToR - if we got him at a cut price and he played here for 2 years on 100k a week that is still only 10.4m, we could probably make some of that back too when we sold him on, its not alot in this day an age. Milner cost 12million plus all the wages he will earn in his time at the club. Thats alot more over a two year period. So the 100k being steep **** dont wash with me. If Randy thinks he can afford it then thats up to him and we as fans get to reap the benefits of watching one of the Worlds best plying his trade at our club. UTV
young_jonah
This would be the biggest signing the club has ever made,Keep him fit and we would have a proven world class player.If we can hold on to 5th or upwards and stay in europe until january and he could be tempted to villa park.
lerneravfc
As for wages,If you want top players you have to pay top wages.
lerneravfc
And we wouldn't have to worry about all this titty bar stuff, he probably hasn't had his first pint yet let alone lap dance.
PTP
The way the training ground staff work he may be the best bit of business ever.
col8
I have a lot of faith in our backroom / medical staff. They'd keep him fit. He went to Newcastle so why wouldn't he come to The Mighty Villa. Does anyone know any stats for Owen Heskey partnerships for Liverpool and England? Let's get both of them in.
Adam Deuce
Would be quality and his record is much better if you go "goals to minutes" as he was used at Real and during his many injuries as a sub!! He definitely won't be at Newcastle this time next year unless they get bought out by the likes of Bill Gates but think there will be takers for his signature already in the Chamos league and we should look elsewhere.....
Villan444
Bring him on for the last 25 minutes of every game-he'd get a goal.
gwyllum18
I realise he's not exactly been reliable over the last couple of years, in terms of injuries etc, but has anybody thought that the cause could be newcastle as much as Owen himself? You look at their injury lists over the last couple of years, none of their players have wanted to play for them. Butt, Smith, Martins, Ameobi, Owen, Duff, Given, all have had long periods out injured. That's no coincidence, is it?
lorenzo
You herd it here! It's Adriano!
leelindsay
Their being tampered with Lorenzo.
PTP
The stats at the top article say it all for me; 34 goals in five years. Not worth any money in my opinion.
AllanW
Sad to say but, I'm far from convinced about Michael Owen. I certainly wouldn't class him as a world-class striker anymore, I think that those days have sadly gone. It would be a gamble, not least because of his now injury prone record.
glensider
It will be very interesting to see whether or not he puts pen to paper on a possible new long-term Tyneside deal, but with all of the uncertainty surrounding Newcastle United, common-sense suggests he will not. Even if MON decided to target him, would we be prepared to meet his salary demands?
glensider
How about we stick him on 30k a week and 20k a goal, maybe he'll keep himself fit and score a hattrick a week and fly us into the top 4 come the end of the season lmaooo, But to be honest who would you partner him with ? Aren't Owen and Agbonlahor too much alike ? or has Owen got that experience to act as a playmaker himself.... I would rather Heskey, Huntlaar, or Keane to partner Agbonlahor, and that's what it is all about it's about partnering Agbonlahor and not replacing him.
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