Owen sounds out Perth Glory

Michael Owen is reportedly keen to move from Stoke City where he has struggled to get regular game time. Photo / AP
Michael Owen is reportedly keen to move from Stoke City where he has struggled to get regular game time. Photo / AP

Perth glory have their sights set on bringing star English striker Michael Owen to the A-League club.

The Glory are reportedly in talks with the former Liverpool and Manchester United forward's management about signing him as the club's marquee player to replace outgoing Irish striker Billy Mehmet.

Glory coach Ian Ferguson has already sounded out possible replacements and is keen to secure a player in the January transfer window.

A Glory spokesman confirmed the club was interested in securing Owen's services but said negotiations were in their early stages.

"Michael Owen's agent has enquired about Michael playing in the A-League," the spokesman told the West Australian newspaper.

"Perth Glory are interested but are yet to find out Michael's terms and conditions. Until these are known, Perth Glory will not enter any further negotiations."

Owen, who scored 40 goals in 89 internationals for England and had stints at Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United, is currently playing for Stoke City in the English Premier League.

The 33-year-old, one of England's most successful strikers in recent years, having scored 118 goals in 216 league appearances for Liverpool, is not getting regular game time at Stoke and is believed to be keen to move.

If Owen joins Glory, he will become the fourth high-profile international player in this season's A-League, along with Italy's Alessandro Del Piero, Japan's Shinji Ono and England striker Emile Heskey.


- AAP

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