Stoke City striker wanted by Australian A-League side Perth Glory.
Stoke City striker Michael Owen is wanted by Australian A-League Perth Glory in the January transfer window, a club spokesman has told The West Australian newspaper.
Owen moved to the Britannia Stadium on a free transfer in the summer when joining Stoke from Manchester United, but his opportunities have been limited by both injury and falling behind Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones in the pecking order.
Perth Glory, who are managed by former Rangers player Iain Ferguson, have had initial discussions with former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United forward Owen’s representatives about his availability as they look to replace the outgoing Billy Mehmet as their “marquee” player during the January transfer window. Mehmet’s departure means Perth Glory have one available spot for an overseas player.
“We have got one or two irons in the fire overseas and we’re waiting to see what happens with those, whether they are still progressing,” manager Ferguson said. “We have put a couple of things to certain players and hopefully if it comes off, it’ll be great for Perth Glory.”
A club spokesman added in The West Australian: “Michael Owen’s agent has enquired about Michael playing in the A-League. Perth Glory are interested but are yet to find out Michael’s terms and conditions. Until these are known, Perth Glory will not enter any further negotiations.”
Owen’s former Liverpool and England team-mate Emile Heskey is already playing in the A-League having joined Newcastle Jets in the summer. Italy’s Alessandro Del Piero is another big name player in Australia.
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