Former Man Utd striker Owen to make his choice within 24 hours

Former England hot-shot Michael Owen looks set to finally announce his destination for the season on Wednesday. Owen has been the subject of much transfer speculation throughout the summer after being released by Manchester United and the Daily Mail on Tuesday suggested that Stoke and Sunderland were leading the chase for his signature.

Both clubs have publicly pursued the former England international for a number of weeks now and with a potential move to striker-less Liverpool seemingly blocked by Liverpool owner John W. Henry’s unwillingness to bring in any short-term solutions to his club’s striking problems, particularly at Owen’s age of 32, a move to either the Britannia Stadium or the Stadium of Light now appears more likely. Owen has been capped 87 times by England and is the country’s fourth top goal scorer with 40, but his last cap came way back in 2008. A move to Manchester United saw him spend the majority of his time on the bench due to a combination of injuries and competition from the likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.

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