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Former European Footballer of the Year Owen joins Stoke City

Michael Owen has joined Stoke City.

The England international was released at the end of his Manchester United contract earlier this summer, and immediately announced his intention to remain in the Premier League. Stoke were one of the first clubs to register their interest in the 32-year-old, but a host of other clubs, including Everton and Sunderland, were also keen.

However, Owen has plumped for the Britannia Stadium club, with early indications suggesting this will be on a pay-as-you-play basis taking into account his previous problems with injuries. The Potters will be the fourth English side the striker has appeared for, having also featured for Liverpool and Newcastle United as well as the Old Trafford side.

During his time at Anfield, Owen was crowned European Footballer of the Year in 2001, when he was regarded as one of the best goalscorers in the game. He moved to Real Madrid in 2004, but he only spent a season in Spain before linking up with Newcastle. International wise, he has 40 goals from 89 caps, but has not represented his country since 2008.

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