And, despite playing just 10 times since January 2011, Press Association Sport understands there has been plenty of interest in Owen, with Stoke now looking like the preferred option for England's fourth highest scorer.
There is some competition from Everton, although whether Owen would be willing to join the Goodison Park outfit given his status as a former Liverpool player is open to debate.
Original Source: The Independent
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240 Posted 16/06/2012 at 05:10:46
242 Posted 16/06/2012 at 06:46:34
253 Posted 16/06/2012 at 09:12:34
254 Posted 16/06/2012 at 09:16:58
Look at us ten or eleven years ago. Gazza, Ginola, Mark Hughes, take your pick. That is where the club was at and we were desperate enough to take the gamble. It made us look pathetic. At the moment, we are a million miles away form signing a player like this as we don't need to take the risk and we couldn't afford to carry Michael Owen, either financially or in terms of puttng the morale of squad or the fans at risk.
261 Posted 16/06/2012 at 10:10:05
The trouble with players like him are that they aren't prepared to take wage cuts ? he would probably prefer to join us but knows we can't offer him the wages he's used to.
I don't think he is that bothered about playing time; after all, he sat on the bench for Man Utd for long enough! It's all about the money for him.
If he was a True Blue, he would say "pay me in peanuts, it will be a pleasure to play for you" ? but that isn't going to happen!
263 Posted 16/06/2012 at 10:49:15
In my opinion I doubt that he would put the effort in, if he did put the effort in he has neither the pace or motivation to make an impact.
264 Posted 16/06/2012 at 10:53:41
I have to say he is one ex-RS player that I would find great difficulty in applauding were he to score. Frankly, I wish he would rack off and take his pox-ridden horses with him.
267 Posted 16/06/2012 at 11:05:40
270 Posted 16/06/2012 at 11:15:32
271 Posted 16/06/2012 at 11:16:20
273 Posted 16/06/2012 at 11:30:47
Putting his RS-credentials to one side, and the usual former Evertonian bollocks, I think Owen as a player was an exceptional striker, until about the age of 23.
If you think back over time, there's always strikers who burst onto the scene, and appear to only get worse with age, and lose their way etc. Owen, Fowler, Jeffers.
The other thing Owen cultivated was his "nice guy" image, but right from that Argentina game when as an 18 year old he hooked his trailing foot into the bollocks of the Argentina keeper, to fool the ref into giving a pen, I lost a bit of respect for him (I know lots of players do it, but for those who don't believe it's coached into them - there was an 18 year old doing it, and he was English).
But my over-riding disdain from him comes from the fact that he has made an extraordinary living from the game by pretending he still is what he was almost a decade and a half ago.
Am I the only one who thought Liverpool were happy to offload him to Real Madrid for £8m? I'm sure their medical staff knew he was finished in terms of his pace. Only Newcastle would be daft enough to pay £17m for him a couple of years later. Others have often pointed out SAF makes mistakes in transfers, well he made 2 with this guy. Signing him in the first place, and then giving him a 12 month extension. He must've got on great with the physios.
I think there's a lot of players of his ilk, he's definitely not the only one.
276 Posted 16/06/2012 at 12:38:04
277 Posted 16/06/2012 at 12:45:04
Kalou or Rodallega would be nice, though. For nothing!
290 Posted 16/06/2012 at 13:55:27
312 Posted 16/06/2012 at 14:55:16
I wasn't too impressed when we signed Saha, and he was about 30 - Owen is more like 33. And in the end I was just so relieved when Arry took him to Spurs (why did he do it?) as I would have put Hibbo on as striker instead of him. As it was, we got some Croatiian bloke. Fine by me.
If Stoke have slot machines at their training ground that should keep Michael away from us.
323 Posted 16/06/2012 at 16:07:18
384 Posted 16/06/2012 at 19:00:45
Would be a terrible move. Injury prone and washed up. No thanks
672 Posted 17/06/2012 at 22:49:38
673 Posted 17/06/2012 at 22:53:32
676 Posted 17/06/2012 at 23:02:13
It certainly couldn't have been because he thought he was Prem quality.
Another "press" bullet dodged.
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