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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.

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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