Poor old Michael Owen. Once one of the most feared strikers in the world and a former European Payer of the Year, his stock has dramatically fallen since his move away from Merseyside. One man however is prepared to take a gamble on the former England international, that man is former manager Gerard Houllier.
Aston Villa are set to renew their interest in Manchester United striker Michael Owen following suggestions manager Sir Alex Ferguson has finally run out of patience with the injury-prone striker.
With United rumoured to be lining up a number of big-money transfers in the summer window, including Jack Rodwell and Ashley Young, Ferguson is prepared to let some of his more experienced players leave in the summer to try and give the United squad a more youthful look.
Villa manager Gerard Houllier is a keen admirer of Owen having worked with him at Liverpool and with the striker expected to be surplus to requirements next season, the Frenchman is ready to renew efforts to bring the former Newcastle and Real Madrid forward to Villa Park.
Owen would be available on a free transfer and would probably ask for wages of around £40,000 to £50,000 a week. Although Houllier may prefer to have the player on a pay as you play deal given Owens’s injury record.
The striker has been out of action for the majority of this season, making only six league appearances for United. The 31-year-old appeared set to leave Old Trafford in January but Ferguson decided to hold onto the former England striker at least until the end of the season.
Owen has never managed to get a run of games since his move to Old Trafford because of a succession of injuries. If Villa can hold on to some of their better players for next season, a move to Villa might be what the striker needs to reignite his stuttering career. Besides Houllier, Owen would be reunited with former strike partner Emile Heskey with whom he had so much success.
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