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MICHAEL Owen will return to pre-season training with Newcastle United this morning determined to prove his commitment to Sam Allardyce’s side.

 

But there are fresh doubts about the future of Kieron Dyer as he has been lined up by Chelsea as a possible replacement for Barcelona transfer target Frank Lampard.

 

Owen has been consistently credited with a desire to leave United this year following the emergence of a £9m release clause in his contract if the Magpies receive a bid from a team playing in Europe.

 

But The Journal understands the England international has told team-mates he is no longer contemplating the possibility of a move as he concentrates on ensuring he is in the best possible condition for the start of, what he hopes, will be an injury-free campaign on Tyneside.

 

That will come as a big relief to Allardyce, who knows Owen is one of the most effective goalscorers in world football, despite his persistent injury problems.

 

Newcastle’s manager is still interested in Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, but with Owen content to stay, the Icelandic international will only be signed if the tentative interest shown in Obafemi Martins from Arsenal and Juventus leads to a firm bid.

 

Whether Owen, having hopefully proven his form and fitness over the course of the first half of the season, is the subject of greater interest from the Premiership’s Champions League participants when the transfer window opens again in January, remains to be seen, but the 27-year-old has privately dismissed the possibility of a move.

 

Those sentiments, of course, will need to be backed up in public but, crucially, Allardyce is satisfied with the striker’s attitude as he looks to make the former Liverpool and Real Madrid star the focal point of his attack next season.

 

Dyer has also told Allardyce – who insisted over the weekend he was not for sale – that he is excited about the new manager’s plans and fresh ideas at St James’s Park, but that has not prevented rumours circulating that he is a target for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

 

Just as Newcastle supporters’ pre-season has been soured by the constant speculation linking Owen with a move away after two-injury ravaged seasons at the club, so too has Chelsea’s by the breakdown of contract talks between the club and Lampard.

 

The Blues are still hoping to persuade their star midfielder to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge but, following another stall in negotiations last week against a backdrop of claims that the 29-year-old is Barcelona’s top target following the acquisition of Thierry Henry from Arsenal, Chelsea have made contingency plans.

 

And Dyer, who has also been tracked by Chelsea’s London neighbours Tottenham this summer, has been identified as a possible replacement.

 

Unlike Spurs, Chelsea would have no problem matching Dyer’s wages at St James’s Park, although the 28-year-old has also told team-mates that he is not thinking above leaving Newcastle.

 

The former Ipswich star, like Owen, has been impressed by Allardyce’s vision for the future on Tyneside and Newcastle’s new manager will fight to keep him if Chelsea do lose Lampard.

 

Allardyce said: “Anyone saying that I want Kieron to leave is talking utter rubbish. He is one of the successes of last year in that he appears to have overcome his major injury problems.

 

“I have spoken to Kieron. He is such a versatile player that he can get used in a number of positions and that can be difficult for him sometimes. But I will take the brunt of it if he has to be moved around. We want to grow together.”

 

Dyer and Owen, who opted to take in Chester races rather than Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate meeting on Saturday, will both return to pre-season training this morning despite having played in England’s summer internationals against Brazil and Estonia.

 

Allardyce insisted on every player travelling to the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria tomorrow.

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MICHAEL Owen will return to pre-season training with Newcastle United this morning determined to prove his commitment to Sam Allardyce’s side.

 

But there are fresh doubts about the future of Kieron Dyer as he has been lined up by Chelsea as a possible replacement for Barcelona transfer target Frank Lampard.

 

Owen has been consistently credited with a desire to leave United this year following the emergence of a £9m release clause in his contract if the Magpies receive a bid from a team playing in Europe.

 

But The Journal understands the England international has told team-mates he is no longer contemplating the possibility of a move as he concentrates on ensuring he is in the best possible condition for the start of, what he hopes, will be an injury-free campaign on Tyneside.

 

That will come as a big relief to Allardyce, who knows Owen is one of the most effective goalscorers in world football, despite his persistent injury problems.

 

Newcastle’s manager is still interested in Barcelona striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, but with Owen content to stay, the Icelandic international will only be signed if the tentative interest shown in Obafemi Martins from Arsenal and Juventus leads to a firm bid.

 

Whether Owen, having hopefully proven his form and fitness over the course of the first half of the season, is the subject of greater interest from the Premiership’s Champions League participants when the transfer window opens again in January, remains to be seen, but the 27-year-old has privately dismissed the possibility of a move.

 

Those sentiments, of course, will need to be backed up in public but, crucially, Allardyce is satisfied with the striker’s attitude as he looks to make the former Liverpool and Real Madrid star the focal point of his attack next season.

 

Dyer has also told Allardyce – who insisted over the weekend he was not for sale – that he is excited about the new manager’s plans and fresh ideas at St James’s Park, but that has not prevented rumours circulating that he is a target for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

 

Just as Newcastle supporters’ pre-season has been soured by the constant speculation linking Owen with a move away after two-injury ravaged seasons at the club, so too has Chelsea’s by the breakdown of contract talks between the club and Lampard.

 

The Blues are still hoping to persuade their star midfielder to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge but, following another stall in negotiations last week against a backdrop of claims that the 29-year-old is Barcelona’s top target following the acquisition of Thierry Henry from Arsenal, Chelsea have made contingency plans.

 

And Dyer, who has also been tracked by Chelsea’s London neighbours Tottenham this summer, has been identified as a possible replacement.

 

Unlike Spurs, Chelsea would have no problem matching Dyer’s wages at St James’s Park, although the 28-year-old has also told team-mates that he is not thinking above leaving Newcastle.

 

The former Ipswich star, like Owen, has been impressed by Allardyce’s vision for the future on Tyneside and Newcastle’s new manager will fight to keep him if Chelsea do lose Lampard.

 

Allardyce said: “Anyone saying that I want Kieron to leave is talking utter rubbish. He is one of the successes of last year in that he appears to have overcome his major injury problems.

 

“I have spoken to Kieron. He is such a versatile player that he can get used in a number of positions and that can be difficult for him sometimes. But I will take the brunt of it if he has to be moved around. We want to grow together.”

 

Dyer and Owen, who opted to take in Chester races rather than Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate meeting on Saturday, will both return to pre-season training this morning despite having played in England’s summer internationals against Brazil and Estonia.

 

Allardyce insisted on every player travelling to the club’s pre-season training camp in Austria tomorrow.

 

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Lots of headlines today regarding Owen staying and commiting to the club, all the little twat has got to do is to make a fucking statement, he's got a column in the Times ffs.

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Dyer has also told Allardyce – who insisted over the weekend he was not for sale – that he is excited about the new manager’s plans and fresh ideas at St James’s Park, but that has not prevented rumours circulating that he is a target for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

Swap deal for fat Frank should fix it ;)

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Lots of headlines today regarding Owen staying and commiting to the club, all the little twat has got to do is to make a fucking statement, he's got a column in the Times ffs.

dont understand why he has not said anything either. unless he thinks its all newspaper crap and he doesnt want to respond to rubbish..

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As far as I'm concerned, Owen doesn't want to be here, so he should just bugger off and let us sign a replacement.

 

The thoughts of Dyer moving to Chelsea is hilarious, but the story doesn't seem to go away. I'd absolutely love it if he moved to Chelsea or Tottenham.

where does it say he doesnt want to be at newcastle

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when has any players come out and said that whenever there name is thrown around in the papers. alot of them just dont say anything, surely he would of gone by now if he didnt want to be here.

 

Gone where though? None of the "big four" have expressed a definate interest yet.

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when has any players come out and said that whenever there name is thrown around in the papers. alot of them just dont say anything, surely he would of gone by now if he didnt want to be here.

He is saying nothing to suit himself.

 

If he had declared that he wanted to leave, but then nobody came in for him, how do you think he would be treated here? Not very well.

 

However, if he says nothing, whatever happens, he wins.

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when has any players come out and said that whenever there name is thrown around in the papers. alot of them just dont say anything, surely he would of gone by now if he didnt want to be here.

He is saying nothing to suit himself.

 

If he had declared that he wanted to leave, but then nobody came in for him, how do you think he would be treated here? Not very well.

 

However, if he says nothing, whatever happens, he wins.

 

Shay Given wants to leave this season, as does Steven Taylor.

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when has any players come out and said that whenever there name is thrown around in the papers. alot of them just dont say anything, surely he would of gone by now if he didnt want to be here.

He is saying nothing to suit himself.

 

If he had declared that he wanted to leave, but then nobody came in for him, how do you think he would be treated here? Not very well.

 

However, if he says nothing, whatever happens, he wins.

 

Shay Given wants to leave this season, as does Steven Taylor.

 

Source?

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when has any players come out and said that whenever there name is thrown around in the papers. alot of them just dont say anything, surely he would of gone by now if he didnt want to be here.

He is saying nothing to suit himself.

 

If he had declared that he wanted to leave, but then nobody came in for him, how do you think he would be treated here? Not very well.

 

However, if he says nothing, whatever happens, he wins.

 

Shay Given wants to leave this season, as does Steven Taylor.

 

Source?

 

Have you seen them say anywhere that they want to stay?

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when has any players come out and said that whenever there name is thrown around in the papers. alot of them just dont say anything, surely he would of gone by now if he didnt want to be here.

He is saying nothing to suit himself.

 

If he had declared that he wanted to leave, but then nobody came in for him, how do you think he would be treated here? Not very well.

 

However, if he says nothing, whatever happens, he wins.

 

Shay Given wants to leave this season, as does Steven Taylor.

 

Source?

 

Same source that says Owen wants to leave.

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when has any players come out and said that whenever there name is thrown around in the papers. alot of them just dont say anything, surely he would of gone by now if he didnt want to be here.

He is saying nothing to suit himself.

 

If he had declared that he wanted to leave, but then nobody came in for him, how do you think he would be treated here? Not very well.

 

However, if he says nothing, whatever happens, he wins.

 

Shay Given wants to leave this season, as does Steven Taylor.

 

Source?

 

Same source that says Owen wants to leave.

 

Pretty much every newspaper? Because at some point over the past few months they've all had stories saying as much...

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when has any players come out and said that whenever there name is thrown around in the papers. alot of them just dont say anything, surely he would of gone by now if he didnt want to be here.

He is saying nothing to suit himself.

 

If he had declared that he wanted to leave, but then nobody came in for him, how do you think he would be treated here? Not very well.

 

However, if he says nothing, whatever happens, he wins.

 

Shay Given wants to leave this season, as does Steven Taylor.

 

Source?

 

Same source that says Owen wants to leave.

 

Pretty much every newspaper? Because at some point over the past few months they've all had stories saying as much...

 

 

Newspapers always prove to be right. Not a single quote from Owen saying he wants to leave.

 

I'm sure that if someone such as Man United or Chelsea were in for him, he'd be gone (like every single one of our players tbh).

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If the likes of Man United come in for him then he will probably go, he has lost over a year of his career and the bloke seems to have a pathological need to win, and he hasn't for a long while. We obviously were a route to the world cup for him, that didn't work.

 

If he goes he is hated at SJP for one fixture a season but in return he gets repeated nights of Champions League football and a real chance of silverware this season.

 

Owen isn't motivated by adoration, he is motivated by silverware. If he goes I won't blame him, I'll blame Freddy Shepherd for being reckless with the clubs money. I think it would be naive to think the many players have morals and a sense of loyalty. The Shearer's and Given's of this world are few and far between.

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