Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear admits it is unlikely that Michael Owen will stay with the club.
On Tuesday, Kinnear will enter negotiations with Owen as well as a number of other players approaching the end of their respective contracts.
According to the Magpies boss, he could have his hands full in persuading the England striker to stay at St James’ Park.
“I’m not confident, to be honest. I’m going to sit down with Michael on Tuesday,” he said on the Sporting Life website.
“I’m pretty confident about everybody else, but Michael is a different kettle of fish.
“He is looking at his options, I assume, but I won’t go into those details until Tuesday,” he said.