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EVERTON want Michael Owen in January’s transfer window to replace crocked striker Yakubu.


And if Newcastle refuse to release the England striker, Goodison boss David Moyes will make a summer move to sign a player he almost landed last August. Yakubu looks like missing the rest of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon – and Moyes hopes to replace him with Owen, to play alongside former Man United hitman Louis Saha.



Owen was an Everton fan as a youngster, before signing for Liverpool. The stumbling block to Owen, 29 today, joining Everton four months ago was his wage of £110,000-a-week. But as the Daily Star Sunday revealed three weeks ago, Owen WILL take a pay cut to secure a move in the new year. Otherwise, he will quit Newcastle at the end of the season as a free agent.


The ex-Liverpool striker wants to return to the north west to join a club either in the Champions League or with the potential to get there. Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says he’s NOT after Owen and a Man United move is unlikely. Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear revealed that Tuesday is D-day in his attempt to keep Owen at the club – and stressed there would be no sense in the club losing him in January when they are fighting relegation.


Kinnear said: “In Michael’s case, it’s out of our hands. I’m just desperate for him to sign a new contract but we will know where we stand on Tuesday – that will be the big crunch day. “I suppose people are waiting to grab him, so maybe we will lose him.”


Kinnear also fears Owen leaving could cost the club up to £140m if Newcastle are relegated. Owner Mike Ashley’s attempts to sell the club have stalled, and Kinnear stressed: “Mike will be looking to get his money back when he does sell. “That would be about £240m. “But if we end up in the Championship, the club would only be worth £100m.’’



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If we wanted to keep hold of him we'd have offered him a contract when Keegan was here. If the story about the offer WAS true, then surely the club should be saying "we have a contract on the table and he's not signing".

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