Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday June 7 2009
The News Of The World have an 'exclusive' saying that Aston Villa want Michael Owen.
Strange really, because the People have the same story. Maybe it is a mutual exclusive?!
News of the World reporter Chris Bascombe says that he'll have to take a pay cut of £70 000 in order to get his career back on track. That is Owen having to take the pay cut you understand, not the reporter..!
The 29-year-old former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker is out of contract and according to this report Randy Lerner has already made contact with Owen's agent. Is that the way Villa do business? Don't think Randy is hands on like that, it would be more likely to be Paul Faulkner making this sort of contact. Details..!
Everton are also linked but as an ex Liverpool player, Owen is reluctant to move there apparently.
Spurs are also said to be interested and another report (Sunday Mirror) says that Italian club Roma want him.
The People reporter Alan Oliver is just as sure he is Villa bound and says Owen will turn down Everton to move to Villa.
They also say he'll take a massive pay cut, this time 50%. Remember that isn't such a big deal because when they move on free transfers they also get good sign on fees!
Woohooo, we have a source! The paper say a source close to Owen told People Sport: 'Michael is fully aware that Everton are interested. But he made his name with Liverpool and joining their great rivals is something he feels uncomfortable about.'
MON things partnering Owen and Heskey could resurrect Owen's fantastic form as the player has already said Heskey is the best forward he has played with (or did I dream that?!)
If he is fit, he scores, it is simple as that, some say he is a spent force but he is only 29, if we could get him on the pitch - and remember there have been talk of how many Newcastle players get injured before now, so maybe there is something in the training that has worsened his problems? Big gamble fitness wise but the guy is world class and scores for fun.
We've had a forum thread (currently 19 pages long) for a while, see what other fans think! Click Here for page 1 of 19
Meanwhile The People say that Spurs are ahead of the chasing pack for the signature of former Manchester United great Ruud van Nistelrooy (anyone remember my 'exclusive' linking us with him last year? LOL, what fun! His wife was spotted in Aston checking out the boutique Matalan!) Anyway, apparently Real Madrid are set to offload him for as little as £1.25m. He might be 32 but I bet he still knows where the goal is?
16-year-old Austrian striker Toni Vastic says Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers had scouts watching him this weekend. Does he mean cub scouts or club scouts?
The youngster, who players for Linzer’s academy, said: 'Both clubs are really impressive. In England, you can get a chance to prove yourself much earlier. We have already talked about the possibility of my whole family moving to England.'
More reports linking Villa with an Olof Mellberg return. MON has already dismissed this but they are saying the 31-year-old bearded wonder might be offloaded from Juventus just 12 months after moving there on a free.
West Brom's Swedish international Jonas Olsson says he isn't angling for a move following interest from Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers. He told the Birmingham Mail the quotes in the press were not correctly translated from an interview he did in Sweden. 'I never said anything about wanting to leave West Brom. What I actually said is that once you’ve tasted the Premier League, you want to keep playing there. I have heard there are a few clubs discussing my name but I leave that to my agent, Martin Dahlin.'
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Date:Sunday June 7 2009
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