Stoke line up ambitious Owen swoop

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis is chasing Michael Owen’s signature after the striker was released by Manchester United last week a source close to SqueakyBumtTime tells us.

Owen was told by Sir Alex Ferguson that his contract wouldn’t be renewed after an injury plagued three-years at Old Trafford and is now free to find another club with the Potters now set to pounce.

Pulis is facing one of the most crucial transfer windows during his tenure at the Britannia Stadium as he strives to overhaul a squad that could only manage a 14th place finish in the Premier League this season.

An experienced striker to play alongside Peter Crouch is a requirement and they don’t come more accomplished than Owen who has also played for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and won 89 caps for England scoring 40 goals.

The 32-year-old has partnered Crouch before at international level most notably during the 2006 World Cup and Pulis believes the duo will compliment each other superbly.

Keeping him away from the treatment room will be the Stoke chief’s main concern as will his wage demands and it’s likely he sacrifice fringe players in order to bring the former Three Lions hit man to the West Midlands.

Owen will certainly have to prove his fitness to prospective clubs having made just over 50 appearances for the Red Devils since arriving from Newcastle in 2009 following their relegation.

He revealed the news that he has been released via his twitter account.

He tweeted: “I have loved every minute of the three 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.”

Everton are also thought to be interested in the striker whilst newly promoted West Ham are also reportedly mulling over a move.