Newcastle boss Kinnear determined to keep Spurs, Chelsea target Owen

Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear to fight off interest from Chelsea and Tottenham in striker Michael Owen.

Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear to fight off interest from Chelsea and Tottenham in striker Michael Owen.

Kinnear admitted: “I don’t want to lose any of our best players. The clock is ticking to January but the clock is ticking for me too.

“Will I have any influence over him? If I am still here, yes. I hope that I could keep him.

"I have a perfect relationship with him. It is understandable that other clubs are interested. He is 28, has bags of ability and can score goals. There must be dozens who want him — dozens.

“Who is to say it won’t be Manchester United, Liverpool, anybody. If all these clubs say they are chasing Michael, he is in a position to chose.”

Owen’s current deal runs out this summer and the England striker is yet to sign an extension.

Kinnear, who takes his men to Fulham tomorrow, added: “At the moment, the club is trying to be sold so I don’t know if anyone is going to sit down with Michael.

“It might be a case of ‘We don’t know where we are going. Whoever comes in, it’s their problem’.”

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