Owen: I will have a new club soon

The 32-year-old striker is currently a free agent after being released by Manchester United but is confident of a finding employment following discussions with a number of sides
Experienced forward Michael Owen is confident of finding a new team after being released by Manchester United, having been in contact with a number of clubs.

The 32-year-old struggled to earn a regular first-team slot at Old Trafford in the wake of injuries and competition from the likes of Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck for a starting berth but expects to have found a new side by the time that the transfer window shuts.

"I have been in contact with quite a few teams and I definitely expect to be donning a new shirt quite soon," he told Sky Sports.

Owen responds to suggestions that he is close to joining the Toffees by insisting that they are "just rumours", with his next club still unknown

"I've spoken to quite a few teams and it's a case of picking the best which is going to suit me and my family.

"I've said before I'd prefer that to be in the Premier League and that remains the case.

"Different things will form the basis of making the right choice: Location - it would be great if I could stay at home but if not then so be it - the quality of the team, the manager ... everything, really, so hopefully I shall pick the right one."

Tony Pulis is keen on bringing the former England poacher to Stoke City but Owen suggests that the lack of a move so far is only natural considering the upheaval that most sides face in the summer.

"As with a lot of these situations, transfer windows and things like that, a lot of things happen later on in the window when people are refreshing their squads and things like that," he observed.