NEWCASTLE: Newcastle has offered Michael Owen a three-year contract extension with a salary increase to keep him at the Premier League club.

The 28-year-old England striker is in the final season of his contract at St. James’ Park and could leave on a free transfer when it expires.

Owen has spent much of his three years since joining from Real Madrid on the sidelines because of injury. “Michael Owen has been offered an extended and improved three-year contract,” Newcastle said on Sunday. “The proposed terms of the new deal include an increased salary for Michael.” — AP

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