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Owen interested in move to Australia

Stoke striker Michael Owen has reportedly expressed interest in a move to Australia, with Perth Glory the frontrunners for his signature.

Michael Owen has decided to call time on his career
Owen has played less than an hour of first team football this season

Owen, 33, has played less than an hour of first team football since joining Stoke from Manchester United in the summer, although he is likely to feature in the Potters' FA Cup trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The England international has begun talks with A-League club Perth in an attempt to follow former team-mate Emile Heskey to Australia.

"Michael Owen's agent has enquired about Michael playing in the A-League," a Perth spokesperson 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."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis insisted Owen is still wanted at the Britannia, despite failing to use him over the busy festive period.

"We've done okay as a club anyway, but Michael has been a part of it over Christmas without me selecting him," Pulis said. "He's been available so hopefully I'll get him involved somehow [on Saturday]. 

"But his attitude hasn't surprised me and I think the players like him in the way he is, he's a decent lad. I don't think Michael sees this as a big chance to prove people wrong.

"He just wants to play football and he has to be fully fit to do that. We have to get him in that position first but he's been a pleasure to work with."



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