Stoke favourites to sign Owen

Convenience key for former Manchester United striker

Michael Owen: Could be set to sign for Stoke next month after leaving Manchester United

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Michael Owen is expected to complete a move to Stoke next month after being released by Manchester United.

Owen has endured an injury-hit spell at the Red Devils, making just six Premier League starts for the club in a three-year stay.

But there remains interest in the England international with Owen having shown enough to suggest he retains his goalscoring instinct if fit enough to get onto the field.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis recently admitted he is interested in Owen "along with a number of other players" and the Potters would appear to be a good fit for the 32-year-old.

Stoke is just 30 miles from the striker's Manor House Stables complex and with the former Liverpool man building an increasingly impressive reputation in the world of horse racing that could be a motivating factor.

Pulis would certainly welcome help in the goalscoring department as his side finished last season with just 36 Premier League goals - the worst record in the division.

The main stumbling block to a move would seem to be reports of tentative interest from Everton.

But with uncertainty surrounding the future of David Moyes at Goodison Park, the 2001 Ballon d'Or winner is set to opt for a move to the Britannia Stadium.