Former England Striker Michael Owen is looking for a new club after Manchester United (5/2 United To Win The Premier League) decided not to extend his contract for another season. Owen had not featured for the club since November, making only four appearances in yet another season blighted by injury.
Owen joined United on a free transfer from Newcastle in 2009 in a move which at the time attracted controversy due to the player being so injury-prone, but he went on to score 17 times in 52 appearances for the club. Owen commented on the decision to release him, saying: "I have loved every minute of the three years I have spent at such a fantastic club. I now plan to have a short holiday during which I will contemplate my next move."
Owen has a long-standing interest in horses and horseracing, so there is the possibility he may call time on his career and look to future ventures. However, the hunger and desire to play at the highest level still seems to be present and there is no question over his ability so a number of Premier League clubs are thought to be interested in signing him.
Top of the list are thought to be Stoke City (Owen 7/2 To Join Stoke) . Tony Pulis' side had an unremarkable if steady season, at times putting in some good performances but crucially lacking in firepower up front. Owen could be just the kind of player they need, a proven finisher happy to play off a support striker such as Peter Crouch.
Another option for Owen could be Everton (Owen 10/1 To Join Everton), the club he has supported since he was a boy. Despite making his name at rivals Liverpool, Owen is a die-hard Evertonian and would relish the opportunity to end his career at the club. David Moyes is another manager who's side have struggled for goals, scoring only two more than relegated Blackburn Rovers.