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Everton and Sunderland In Battle for Manchester United Striker

Goodison Park and Stadium of Light sides want Old Trafford star.

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EVERTON boss David Moyes wants to sign Michael Owen – and will take on Steve Bruce’s Sunderland to get him.

Owen is set to quit Manchester United this summer. And signing for Everton, who chased him before he signed for United, would make sense for Owen who lives locally and has growing interests in horse racing, with stables in the area.

Bruce wanted Owen in the last window and would snap him up for the right terms this summer too, with a pay-as-you-play contract on offer for the potential free agent.

SOURCE: The People

It would take something of a calculated risk for either of these two sides to make a move for Manchester United striker Michael Owen. Presumably even as part of any pay as you play deal the former England international will still be on pretty big wages and one wonders if Everton can afford such wages or indeed if Steve Bruce is willing to risk such a deal to bring the 30 year old to Sunderland.

There is no doubting that when fully fit Michael Owen can still do a decent job but given that he appears to be perennially injured, such a move may be more trouble than it’s worth, this appears to have struck Sir Alex Ferguson, hence his unwillingness to offer him a new deal, or so it seems.

Everton have a few striking options but none of them quite appear to be working out for David Moyes. Louis Saha tends to get going and then has injury issues that curtail his progress. Jermaine Beckford works well as an impact player coming off the bench and not so well as a starter. Youngsters Victor Anichebe and Jose Baxter haven’t quite adjusted to the senior level and Yakubu flounces around the pitch like he couldn’t give a toss.

Sunderland have of course sold Darren Bent to Aston Villa but the Black Cats do still have Asamoah Gyan who has started brightly at the club and Bruce may well attempt to make the loan move for Danny Welbeck a permanent one and it could be that Steve Bruce looks to seal that deal rather than looking to sign Michael Owen, they also have Frazier Campbell in their armoury.

Michael Owen may well find it a lot harder to find a new club than it seems.

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