Shearer hopeful over Owen swoop

Startbeitrag von Spion Kop1 am 29.08.2005 10:28

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Newcastle captain Alan Shearer says Michael Owen could still join the club before Wednesday's transfer deadline.
England striker Owen, 25, is due to have talks with the Magpies - who have agreed a £17m fee with Real Madrid - and Liverpool, his preferred choice.

Shearer told BBC Five Live he had spent "a fortune in phone calls to Madrid" to persuade Owen to make the move.

"We have three days left to try to convince him to come here. We're still in there fighting for him," he said.

Owen has made it clear he would rather return to Anfield, although Liverpool are believed to be willing to offer only £8m.

If that does not happen, the player is ready to consider a loan move to St James' Park, although Real are only keen on a permanent deal.

Shearer has told Owen that the hero status he would enjoy with Newcastle fans would make a permanent move to the north east worthwhile.

"I know if he came here he would be loved. They love their goalscorers up here and he would be a hero," he added.

"I know better than anyone what reception he would get here. I've had several phone conversations with him.

"But I don't have to tell him what passionate supporters we are. In the end he'll make his own mind up and will do what is best for himself."


Parry admits Liverpool want Owen

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has finally admitted they do want to bring Michael Owen back to Anfield.
Boss Rafael Benitez has been low-key on constant speculation linking the England striker with a return from Real Madrid after only 12 months.

Newcastle have agreed a club record deal of about £17m, but 25-year-old Owen prefers a move back to Liverpool.

"It's not a no or a yes - there has been plenty of speculation and we will see next week," said Parry.
And Parry is pleased that Owen has publicly stated his preference for a move to Liverpool, despite Newcastle's determined efforts to do a deal.

He said: "We are always encouraged when players say they want to join Liverpool."

And Parry also dismissed suggestions a deal was being inspired from inside Liverpool's boardroom rather than by manager Benitez.

He said: "I want to stress there has never been a split between us or Rafa about Michael or any other players."

Liverpool, having sold Milan Baros to Aston Villa for £6.5m, may attempt to make room for Owen by selling Djibril Cisse, with both Monaco and Marseille interested.

Newcastle had hoped to persuade Owen to sign, but he made it clear he only wanted to join on loan - if Liverpool did not make a move.

Chairman Freddy Shepherd gave Owen a deadline of Thursday to agree to move, but it appears he is doomed to failure.

"There is not much more we can do. We are waiting to hear from Owen and his adviser," Shepherd explained.

"But it has to happen today or it's not going to happen at all, and we will be speaking to Michael's people."

BBC Sport understands Liverpool are not willing to pay more than the £8m Real splashed out to land Owen last summer.

They are expected to reveal their hand after Friday's Super Cup game with CSKA Moscow on Friday but the player would have to take a pay cut to persuade Liverpool to do business.

von Spion Kop1 - am 29.08.2005 10:29
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