Wednesday, 9th January, 2013

Australian A-League side Perth Glory have ruled out making a move for Stoke City striker Michael Owen.

The former England striker only joined the Potters during the summer transfer window, but he has struggled to make an impact and his agent has taken soundings about a possible switch Down Under during the current transfer window.

Perth Glory, bossed by Ian Ferguson, a former Rangers midfielder, have rejected the idea of snapping up Owen.

"Michael is a player who comes with a high pedigree but it’s not the direction I want to take the club", announced Ferguson in a club statement.


"I am looking for a younger player and a player who has been playing more regularly.

"I have three or four irons in the fire that I am pursuing, which is good."

And Ferguson did insist that Owen was very much an option, with his agent seeing if the A-League outfit would be interested in signing the veteran marksman.

"In terms of Michael, there was contact from an agent if we were interested, it was discussed at a good level, but I have made the decision he is the not the player needed at Perth Glory."

Owen’s contract at the Britannia Stadium runs until the end of the season. He has managed just 57 minutes of Premier League football for Tony Pulis’ men so far in the current campaign.

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