STOKE IN FOR OWEN
Posted on June 22, 2012
Stoke city manager Tony Pulis has revealed that he would immediately jump at the opportunity to sign former Manchester United striker Michael Owen, who is now available on a free transfer.
Michael Owen was released by Manchester United after just three seasons at Old Trafford. However, many consider that the former England striker still has the ability to play at the top level.
His record at Manchester United in the three seasons is a testament to this fact after he has an impeccable scoring record even when coming from the bench. Sir Alex Ferguson decided not to offer the former Liverpool striker a new contract due to the concerns over his age and injuries.
Michael Owen has not played for Manchester United since the turn of the year. Yet, Tony Pulis sees Michael Owen is the perfect foil for the club next season. The 32-year-old former England international will be available on a free transfer, but his wages could prove to be a potential problem.
Michael Owen has already revealed that he is not willing to drop down the divisions cannot get regular first-team football because he believes he can cut it at the top level still. He is yet to sign a new contract with another club.
“We tried to find out what he was doing a couple of years ago but nothing came of it – and it was a couple of years ago. Everyone knows Michael’s pedigree and the fact he has performed with such distinction at the highest level for club and country. We are monitoring him, but along with about 400 other players to be honest, so it’s a case of waiting to see what happens,” Pulis told The Sentinel. Stoke finished the season in the 14th position and will be looking to improve on the same.