Stoke City manager hopeful of signing Michael Owen

Stoke City and Everton appear to be vying for Michael Owen’s signature, although neither club want to take much of a gamble on a player with a history of being injured.

Stoke City manager hopeful of signing Michael Owen

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August 17th, 2012

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Owen’s salary demands mean that the former Manchester United and Liverpool striker remains a free agent, although Tony Pulis is hopeful that a deal can be secured for the player.

The Stoke manager said: “Michael hasn’t gone anywhere and it’s still a possibility. There’s still stuff happening and going on. Whether we can do a deal or not is another matter.

“I’ve always said he’s a good player and someone I think people in the club would like to have around. He’s a great professional as well and Crouchy has shown what great professionals can do for the football club.”

It appears that no club in the Premier League want to offer Owen a long contract and that a pay-as-you-play deal is instead on the table, although the 32-year-old is somewhat reluctant to take a salary cut at this stage in his career.

Pulis said: “We’re still looking to do some business if we can, and we always tend to do our business at the back end of the transfer window.”

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