Michael Owen joins Stoke City on 12 month pay-as-you-play deal
The Potters had long been favourites to sign the former England striker, who was released by Manchester United this summer, and Owen finally accepted the offer to join Tony Pulis’ side this afternoon.
The 32-year-old had recently been linked with a return to Liverpool and had also attracted interest from Sunderland.
His Stoke deal will be on a 12-month pay-as-you-play basis, which could be further extended if he passes a set number of appearances.
Owen, who only made 31 appearances and returned just five goals since joining United in 2009, is believed to be receiving a substantial wage with rewards for goals as an added incentive.
Pulis had previously confirmed his desire to sign Owen and in what circumstances it would be, saying: ‘If we can do it, we will do it, and do it on the basis that we did with Jonathan Woodgate and players like that.
‘If he’s in the team he will get paid, and if he isn’t he won’t get paid so much.’
Stoke will be the fifth, and likely last, club of Owen’s career, after spells at Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United.