Striker Michael Owen happy to have joined Stoke City on one-year contract

Michael Owen: Striker delighted to have joined Stoke on a one-year deal

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Former England striker Michael Owen is relishing the next chapter in his career after joining Stoke City on a one-year contract.

The 32-year-old has joined the Potters as a free agent, subject to Premier League approval, following his release by Manchester United at the end of last season.

The Britannia Stadium side are expected to learn if their signing outside the transfer window has been given the green light on Wednesday.

The deadline for top-flight clubs to submit their 25-man squad lists passed at 4pm on Tuesday and it was unclear whether Stoke had provided the relevant documents prior to that.

Owen had been searching for a new club after three years at Old Trafford and revealed that discussions with the Potters had been on-going for some time.

"I'm particularly excited at the prospect of working under Tony Pulis. He has assembled a great squad that I look forward to joining."

Michael Owen

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle forward could be involved when Tony Pulis' side play host to champions Manchester City after the international break on 15th September.

Excited

Owen wrote on Twitter: "Delighted to have signed for Stoke subject to Premier League approval. We have been in talks for a while and it was a club I was always keen to join.

"I'm particularly excited at the prospect of working under Tony Pulis. He has assembled a great squad that I look forward to joining.

"I'm now looking forward to contributing as much as possible to the club and can't wait to play in front of a great set of supporters.

"Thanks for your kind messages everyone. Can't wait to get going again!"

Squad lists

The uncertainty over Owen's switch meant the Premier League were only able to release details of squad lists for 19 of their 20 clubs, with the Potters' still pending.

It is understood Stoke would otherwise be prevented from filling Owen's spot with another player if his move was rejected.

Clubs are able to sign free agents outside the transfer window but are only able to field them in the Premier League if they have previously registered fewer than 25 players.

The Premier League said in a statement: "The Premier League board is currently considering an application from Stoke City to register a player and, subsequently, their squad list will be confirmed at a later date."