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Kinnear set for Owen talks
15 Dec 2008 - 07:51:34
Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear is desperate to keep hold of Michael Owen after watching the former Liverpool striker open the scoring in Sunday's impressive 3-0 victory at Portsmouth.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with several other Premier League clubs, including a return to Anfield.
Kinnear said last week that he was unsure whether Owen would still be at St James' Park next season, but after the Fratton Park win he said: "I've had a good relationship with Michael from day one.
"He's in control of his future. On Tuesday we'll sit down to talk things through and his agent will be there.
"I will fight like hell to keep him. I don't see any point taking money for Michael Owen. I'd rather have him in my team scoring goals than any amount of cash.
"When I was a player I played with Jimmy Greaves and Michael is very similar."
Meanwhile, Owen said of the speculation regarding his future: "I think every back page today links me with a different club but none of it is my doing and I can't do anything until the club sit down and speak to me.
"Contract negotiations are usually a private thing but with me it never seems to be. It has attracted its fair share of interest over the last few months in particular, what with the takeover."