Boss Tony Pulis Says Michael Owen Can Still Join Stoke City

Potters move still a possibility for ex-England striker.

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Free agent Michael Owen could still join Stoke City, according to Potters boss Tony Pulis.

Owen is a keen to remain in the Premier League after being released by Manchester United in June and reportedly held talks with the Potters last week.

But it is understood that the 32-year-old rejected Stoke’s offer of a one-year deal on a pay-as-you-play basis and is holding out for a longer and more lucrative contract.

Stoke are well stocked up-front, with Peter Crouch, Jon Walters, Mamady Sidibe, Kenwyne Jones and Cameron Jerome all the club’s books but Pulis says a fresh approach to Owen remains a possibility.

“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,” Pulis is quoted as saying by ESPN.

“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.”

Stoke have already signed Wolves winger Michael Kightly, former Rangers starlet Jamie Ness and US defender Geoff Cameron this summer but Pulis is hopeful of adding more new faces before the end of the month.

“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,” he added.

There has been interest in Owen from the Middle-East but the once-speedy forward has insisted he is good enough to play on in the Premier League.

The Chesire-born forward has played for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle but has spent the best part of the last five years plagued by serious injuries or sitting on the bench.

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