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Stoke City chairman expresses interest in Owen after Manchester United departure

Potters owner Peter Coates says that his club could make a move for the former England, Newcastle and Real Madrid striker after his release from Old Trafford at his contract's end

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has revealed that the Potters could make a move for out-of-contract Manchester United forward Michael Owen.

The 32-year-old was let go by the Old Trafford club this week after making just four appearances in 2011-12, and Tony Pulis’ side is the bookmakers' favourite to land the former Real Madrid man.

Stoke expressed interest in Owen when he was last available for free, after he departed Newcastle three years ago, and Coates says that he wouldn’t rule out Pulis making another approach.

"Michael Owen has been a fantastic player and I can see why Tony might be interested,” he told The Sentinel. “Tony is away at the moment, but that is one we could discuss when he gets back. He was interested in him previously.”

The striker made just 31 appearances during three years in Manchester as he struggled with injury and competition with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Danny Welbeck.

Stoke already boasts several former England internationals in its ranks, including ex-Tottenham and Liverpool man Peter Crouch as well as defender Jonathan Woodgate.

Owen is based in the North West, and has ruled out dropping down the leagues, leaving the Staffordshire side as one of few in the area that meets his needs.

“The Championship is not an option," the forward declared earlier. "I'd like to think I haven't lost the ability to score goals at the highest level.”

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