Stoke City: Michael Owen could be transfer target, says Coates
STOKE chairman Peter Coates says City could be interested in free agent Michael Owen.
Manager Tony Pulis is on holiday this week, but Coates wouldn't be surprised if the England legend's name is mentioned when they discuss transfer targets.
Stoke were keen on Owen before he joined Manchester United on a free transfer from Newcastle three years ago.
Now they are favourites with bookmakers to land the 32-year-old, who has been released by the Red Devils.
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Coates, pictured below, said: "Tony is away at the moment, but that is one we could discuss when he gets back. He was interested in him previously.
"Michael Owen has been a fantastic player and I can see why Tony might be interested.
"But that will be very much a judgment for the management to make."
Owen would like to stay in the Premier League, and the fact he is based in the North West could help Stoke's cause if they make him an offer.
However, the striker hasn't ruled out a move abroad.
After being released by United this week, he said: "The Championship is not an option. I'd like to think I haven't lost the ability to score goals at the highest level.
"I may look further afield."
Owen scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for his country, but Stoke would also have to consider his injury record.
He managed just four league and cup appearances this past season, the last of which was in November when he sustained a thigh injury.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle striker's last appearance for England was against France in 2008. However, his 40 goals for his country put him fourth on the list of England goalscorers, behind only Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48) and Jimmy Greaves (44).
According to the bookies, Stoke head the list of likely suitors, just ahead of Everton and Celtic.
Meanwhile, Stoke have been warned they may have to pay £10m to land Wolves winger Matt Jarvis.
The 25-year-old is expected to be among City's transfer targets this summer after the Molineux club were relegated.
However, Wolves feel they are in a strong position to hold on to both Jarvis and their other main asset, striker Steven Fletcher.
Both are under contract for another three years and sources close to Wolves say they are rated at a combined £20m.
Pulis inquired about Jarvis five years ago, but the winger instead joined Wolves from Gillingham.
Jarvis, who is right footed but plays predominantly on the left for Wolves, scored eight goals this past season.
His reputation hasn't suffered despite Wolves crashing out of the Premier League.
In fact, he is lauded by Wolves supporters for not only his pace and goal threat, but also his work rate and attitude.