Former England striker Michael Owen has become the subject of a battle between three English Premier League clubs, who are attempting to secure the signature of the free agent.
32-year-old Owen was at Manchester United last season, but since they decided not to renew his contract, he has been a free agent for the majority of the summer. It was first thought that Everton were favourites to secure the signing before the transfer window, but Owen is still very much without a club.
According to various media reports including The Daily Mail, Owen is now wanted by Liverpool, as well as Sunderland and Stoke. The report also states the Stoke are still favourites to sign him, even with the heavy presence of Liverpool.
A former Liverpool player himself, Owen would surely be tempted in a return to Anfield where he spent some of his finest years as a player. A career that has been plagued by injuries started off so promising for Owen, when he broke onto the scene as a super fast 17-year-old striker, scoring that wonder goal in the World Cup against Argentina.
Since his injuries he has failed to nail down a permanent spot in club football and faded out of the international scene. It would seem that this season is his final shot at making it a successful season in the Premier League, as long as he can stay injury free.
Both Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Stoke boss Tony Pullis have spoke about still signing a striker. The transfer window has finished, so the only players that clubs can sign now are players who are without a contract, or 'free agents' as they are referred as. Pullis very much remains confident that he will join Stoke in what seems to be a 'pay per play' contract, which will see Owen only being paid when he plays.
There is no doubt about Owen's eye for goal, he has had a colourful career playing over 473 matches and getting on the score sheet 221 times, he will surely be an asset to any squad now.754861