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Malaysian online media was yesterday abuzz with rumours that free agent Michael Owen is being courted by a local consortium representing an unknown team

Could Michael Owen reject offers from Premier League clubs to come and play football in Malaysia?

Yesterday, local sports websites and social networking sites were buzzing with speculation that a Malaysian consortium will head to England to hold talks with the 32-year-old player, who currently has no club after his contract with Manchester United expired in June.

According to the news published in Utusan Malaysia, the consortium, made up of Malaysian entrepreneurs, is willing to sponsor Owen’s asking salary of almost RM1 million a month, an amount similar to the one he was earning at United last season.

Although it was not specified which teams are keen to get the former England international’s services, Johor FA have been the team most heavily linked with the signing of the player. Its president, Tunku Ibrahim Sultan Ismail has previously made public of his intention to bring in some world-class players to Johor, including Owen.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Tuesday refused to rule out a move to bring Owen back to Anfield.

In his heyday, Owen was a big star for Liverpool and England. He made 216 appearances for The Reds and scored 118 goals before departing to Real Madrid in 2004.

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