Former Liverpool and Man Utd striker Owen nears Everton switch
Michael Owen wants to find a new club soon after having to sit out of the opening weekend of Premier League fixtures and Everton are believed to be close to signing the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker.
Reports in England suggest that Owen is in ‘advanced talks’ with Everton and the Daily Mail has claimed that a deal could be completed today ahead of Everton’s opening league game with Manchester United.
A move to Goodison Park would be viewed favourably by 32-year-old Owen who wants to continue playing in the Premier League and remain based in the north-west of the country. Owen was an Everton fan as a child before he was signed up by Merseyside rivals Liverpool as a teenager.
The former England international was released by Manchester United at the end of last season and has not yet found a new club to play for. After watching the Premier League get underway this weekend, Owen is desperate to get back on the pitch.
Owen said: “I want to play and am eager to start again.
“I just wish the fans on my Twitter account were running the clubs, then I’d be able to sign for anyone I wanted! I want to play in the best possible team.
“If it was local to my house, excellent. I want to play more often but that’s not written in the contract. I don’t really want to play in the Championship. I know I can still play in the Premier League and can still score goals.”
Owen has also been linked with a move to Stoke City as well as a number of clubs in Europe and beyond. After being blighted by injuries over the past seven years, Owen understands why clubs remain sceptical but is determined to prove himself.
“Obviously the question mark for any potential buyers is injuries but I just need a run of games.” Owen continued.
“There has been interest from all corners of the Earth, every nation you can think of — Germany, Italy, Spain, Turkey.”