Thursday, 1 January 2009

Inter Target Owen In Suazo Swap Deal?


Newcastle United
striker Michael Owen, who is out of contract at St James’ Park at the end of the season has been linked with a move to Serie A Champions Inter Milan in January, with David Suazo currently on loan at Benfica due to come the other way as part of a swap deal for the England International.

Nerazzurri coach Jose Mourinho has identified a striker as a main target to add to his squad at the San Siro next month. Despite having a wealth of strikers available at the Italian club, Mourinho is looking for someone to partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is the top-scorer for Inter this season with 10 goals, while the next best tally belongs to Julio Cruz, with 2 goals this campaign.

Although it is understood that Didier Drogba at his former club Chelsea is Mourinho’s main target. Mourinho has resigned himself to waiting until the summer for a reunion with the Ivory Coast International.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Mourinho sees former Liverpool and Real Madrid player Owen as an ideal short-term solution and is willing to let Suazo move in the opposite direction in order to make the deal go through. However, whether the Magpies decide to let Owen leave Newcastle or have the striker at the Premier League club until the summer, when Owen can leave for nothing remains to be seen.

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