Spanish side Espanyol are reportedly set to offer Michael Owen a surprise escape route from Stoke City during the January transfer window.
The Catalan club are on the lookout for another forward in the new year, and are said to have identified Owen as a possible option, given his lack of game time since moving to Stoke.
Owen has made just one appearance for Tony Pulis’s men in the league since joining them in September, and is rumoured to have developed itchy feet in the last few weeks.
Espanyol would not be able to afford a whopping wage package, but Owen is known to have enjoyed his time in Spain whilst at Real Madrid, and they hope that that, along with the offer of regular minutes, could be enough to tempt the England legend into a move.
According to Marca, the deal could be done as early as the first week of January.
Quite why any side would be willing to take a chance on injury prone forward Michael Owen is hard to fathom. Stoke City decided to bring in the former Liverpool man but Tony Pulis has barely had the veteran striker available due to persistent knocks keeping the 33 year old out of contention.
Owen has managed just 53 minutes of Premier League football this season, in the space of four sub appearances for the Potters, and seems a player destined to be on the move once again.
Espanyol may feel that the one time Real Madrid man could look to re-ignite his career in Spain but one wonders if the Barcelona based side would be able to meet the England international’s high wage demands.
Michael Owen’s last top tier start came back in January 2011.
Javier Aguirre’s Espanyol side went into the Spanish winter break sitting in the relegation zone having managed just three wins in 17 La Liga fixtures.
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