Everton weighing up Owen move after United release

Everton are ready to pounce for Michael Owen after it was revealed today that he will be released by Manchester United in the summer after three years at the club.

A close SqueakyBumTime source has informed us that Toffees boss David Moyes is keen to bring Owen to Goodison Park as backup to January recruit Nikica Jelavic as he plots an assault on the Premier League top six next season.

With finances tight in the blue half of Merseyside the prospect of bringing the 32-year-old former England striker to the club on a free appeals to Moyes who believes his experience will be invaluable to their ambitions.

40 goals in 89 appearances for his country is a marker of his credentials and he would certainly be interested in a move to the club he supported as a boy although whether chairman Bill Kenwright is prepared match his wage demands is a concern.

Owen has made just four appearances for the Red Devils in the current campaign and just 52 times overall since moving to Old Trafford from Newcastle in 2009 following their relegation to the Championship.

Despite an admirable return of 17 goals in a United shirt injuries have hampered his chances of claiming first team football and he hasn’t played since November due to a thigh injury.

The striker, who has also played for Liverpool and Real Madrid, broke the news via his twitter account after being informed of his release by Sir Alex Ferguson.

He tweeted: “I have loved every minute of the 3 years I have spent at such a fantastic club.”

“I would like to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish them well for the future.

“I now plan to have a short holiday during which I will contemplate my next move.”

Speculation is rife that he will call time on his career although he’s never indicated that retirement is on the cards and it’s rumoured Everton are set to offer him a lifeline.