Liverpool decide against move for free agent Owen
Tuesday 04 September 2012
Liverpool appear unlikely to offer Michael Owen the chance to return to Anfield after the open letter written by club owner John W. Henry dismissed the attraction of short-term fixes, the Daily Mail has reported. That is despite Brendan Rodgers having only two senior strikers in his squad.
Having let Andy Carroll leave on loan for West Ham, Rodgers was unable to add to his squad on the final day of the transfer window, leaving Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as the only genuine attackers in the first team, supplemented by midfielders and young, inexperienced forwards.
Rodgers had admitted he would consider offering Owen a contract to play for Liverpool, eight years after the former England striker left for Real Madrid. After a year in Spain, Owen moved to Newcastle United before switching to Manchester United, leaving Old Trafford this summer.
But any chances of Owen heading back to his first club were seemingly dismissed by Henry, who in his letter to the club’s supporters rejected “expensive, short-term quick fixes”. Owen is now expected to join Stoke City, the Mail adds.
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