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Aston Villa set to raid Manchester Utd for Michael Owen

Aston Villa are monitoring Michael Owen’s recovery from injury at Manchester United as they are readying a bid for the former England star.

Owen has been on the side-lines since November with a thigh injury but is reportedly making great waves in his recovery and could be ready for a first-team return by the end of January.

This has been noted by Villa manager Alex McLeish, who is rumoured to be planning a bid for the forward. United probably wouldn’t merit a transfer fee from Villa as Owen’s contract is unlikely to be renewed at the end of the season. However, Villa’s manager is striving to get the forward on loan rather than sign him permanently due to his proneness to injuries.

McLeish has already snapped up Robbie Keane in the window in order to address their problems in front of goal which has seen them score only 23 goals in 21 league games this term.

Regular striker Darren Bent has also been linked with a move to a host of Premier League clubs.

Owen, who has made 89 appearances for England, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford before after a series of injury setbacks caused the former England striker to fall down the pecking order.

But manager Sir Alex Ferguson did give the forward one more chance at the beginning of the season by handing him a new contract, however Owen’s injury problems have continued to plague his career and Ferguson is willing to call time on the player’s United career.

The striker joined United on a free transfer after spells in Spain with Real Madrid and in the north-east at Newcastle following his decision to leave Liverpool in 2004, where he scored 118 times in 216 games.

 

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