Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has revealed that England International Michael Owen is looking at options away from St James’ Park, with the striker due to be offered an extension to his current contract at the Premier League club next week, which expires at the end of the season.
28-year-old Owen is among four players at the Magpies, who are out out of contact in the summer, with Nicky Butt, Shola Ameobi and steve harper also set to be offered new deals by Kinnear next week.
However, while Kinnear is confident that Harper, Ameobi and Butt, will all sign new contracts with the North East club the Toon chief is less upbeat about his chances of keeping former Liverpool and Real Madrid player Owen at St James’ Park.
Kinnear said: “We have heard lots of things, that Michael's agent has had lots of clubs on to him.
“Obviously, they will want to know what type of contract we are going to offer him.
“I won't go into those details now, but we will be offering him what we consider an excellent contract considering the climate of what is happening around all football clubs.
“But it will be up to Michael to make that decision.
“I am pretty confident that Shola Ameobi, Steve Harper and Nicky Butt will sign, it's now just down to Michael.
"Michael is well aware of that, so is his agent. They are well aware of my feelings on that, but the ball is in his court.
“I will find out, hopefully, on Tuesday.
"I'm not confident to be honest. I'm pretty confident about everybody else, but Michael is a different kettle of fish.
“He is looking at his options, I assume, but I won't go into those details until Tuesday.”