Newcastle boss optimistic over new Owen contract

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear is more confident Michael Owen will sign a new contract after holding talks with the striker.

Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear is more confident Michael Owen will sign a new contract after holding talks with the striker.

The Magpies presented Owen and his representatives with the new terms on Monday and then 61-year-old Kinnear sat down with the 29 year old to talk over his plans.

Kinnear said: "I spent about an hour with him a couple of days ago. He's had what I consider a very good offer, length of period of time three years, which would bring Michael up to 32-plus.

"I am optimistic - I am more optimistic now having spent that time talking to him.

"He's getting together with his agent in the next two or three days and coming back with an answer.

"Obviously, they'll still be negotiating one way or the other, but we'll certainly find out, I would think, in the next two or three days."