Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear is expected to discuss player contracts before the weekend.

The Evening Chronicle says another week has passed without any apparent progress being made on Michael Owen's contract - and the other six first-team players whose deals run out at the end of the season.

However, Kinnear has an appointment with managing director Derek Llambias at St James's Park in the next couple of days - his first meeting with the club's hierarchy since he had his interim tag removed on Friday and was installed as manager until the end of the season.