Chelsea ‘target’ £5million Newcastle striker: Will he help them to the title?

The Blues missed out on signing Robinho in the summer, with the Brazilian instead opting for the extra money better career propects at Manchester City. Despite Didier Drogba now back in the squad and Nicolas Anelka banging in the goals, it appears that they fancy another front man.

That’s if you suspend disbelief and read The Sun this morning, who claim that Chelsea are ‘weighing up’ a bid for Michael Owen in January. The Newcastle striker has managed five goals this season, although he’s recently been injured for the best part of a month, and it’s hard to see why Phil Scolari would want to recruit him when he already has an array of attacking options.

The Blues value 28-year-old Owen — who is out of contract next summer — at between £3m-5m.

Scolari is keen to recruit a top-class striker to cover for Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

His first choice was Brazil striker Luis Fabiano but Seville’s price tag of £25m has made that move impossible.

There is concern at Stamford Bridge about Owen’s injury record but they will monitor his fitness and form in the coming weeks before deciding on an offer.

Owen, who earns £108,000 a week at St James’ Park, is unlikely to be offered a similar salary at Chelsea.

Let’s face it, he’s unlikely to be offered any salary (or contract for that matter) at Chelsea, as there’s no chance of the former England striker going to Stamford Bridge. Signing the Newcastle forward would hardly be a purchase for the future, especially with Owen continuing to be injury-prone. Would Blues fans like to see the forward at the club?

Discuss the latest transfer gossip at the Brand New COS forum!

More Stories Chelsea FC Michael Owen Newcastle