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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2007, 12:02 GMT 13:02 UK
Allardyce reveals Owen exit fears
Sam Allardyce and Michael Owen
Sam Allardyce (left) could not stop Michael Owen leaving
Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has admitted he is powerless to stop Michael Owen walking out on the club.

The England striker's contract contains a clause which means he can go if a substantial bid - believed to be more than 9m - is received.

Allardyce said: "If Michael wants to go there's nothing I can do, if another club triggers his release clause.

"We're benefitting from a release clause to get Joey Barton, but we could also suffer because of Michael's."

Allardyce arrived at St James Park with speculation surrounding Owen's future on Tyneside.

The England international arrived at Newcastle in the summer of 2005 in a 17m move from Real Madrid.

But his two years on Tyneside have been racked by injury, restricting him to a handful of games.

But Owen appears to be winning his fitness race and was recently restored to the England squad, 11 months after seriously injuring his knee during the 2006 World Cup.

The striker netted in the Euro 2008 qualifying win in Estonia, which was a record 23rd competitive goal for his country.

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