Michael Owen has revealed in his upcoming autobiography that he did not want to move to Newcastle when he left Real Madrid in 2005, and tried to arrange a move back to Liverpool instead.
His words will not be a surprise to many Toon fans, with his performances rarely looking like those of a player committed to the club.
In fact, the amount of time he spent in the treatment room also suggest his heart and head never really belonged on Tyneside.
Taking excerpts from his book, the Chronicle report, having contacted Liverpool about a move, with them saying they could not match Newcastle’s offer, Owen claims their reply “absolutely sank me”.
He went on to say his agent thought a move to Newcastle was the right one, but Owen “wasn’t so sure”, and he was “undoubtedly lowering my level”.
Michael Owen will go down in Newcastle as a disastrous transfer
It is quite the way to stick it to fans who packed out the Gallowgate End to welcome him at his unveiling at the time.
His comments will do little to endear him to fans, and the mercenary character he is often labelled as, seems thoroughly justified.
In hindsight, it must be rated as one of the biggest transfer mistakes in Newcastle’s history, and one that never proved value for money.
He was one of the last ‘marquee’ signings at Newcastle in recent times, and after the unmitigated disaster the move turned out to be, it is little surprise the club are reluctant to be bitten by a move like that again.
If he makes an appearance on the pitch during any BT Sport coverage of a Newcastle home game, he could find himself in for a very hostile reception.