Michael Owen signs one-year-deal with Stoke City
Michael Owen has become Tony Pulis’ seventh summer signing at the Britannia Stadium, with the former England striker agreeing to join Stoke City on Tuesday.
September 4th, 2012
Owen was released by Manchester United at the end of last season and his free agent status meant that the passing of the transfer deadline was an irrelevance, although Owen will need to get Premier League board approval to join the Potters.
It had been thought that Everton and latterly Liverpool were interested in signing the striker, although Stoke have maintained their interest throughout proceedings and have now been rewarded, with Owen potentially linking up with Peter Crouch in attack.
Owen tweeted last night: “Delighted to have signed for Stoke subject to Premier League approval. We have been in talks for a while and it was a club I was always keen on.” Later he added: “I’m particularly excited at prospect of working under Tony Pulis. He has assembled a great squad that I look forward to joining.”
Stoke have begun the season with draws against Reading, Arsenal and Wigan, with Pulis identifying a lack of goals as a reason for a relatively lowly finish last season.
Owen deal is similar to the one agreed with Jonathan Woodgate two seasons ago which relies on the player featuring regularly for the first team in order to be paid a maximum amount.