Owen closes in on new club

Former Manchester United and England striker Michael Owen has hinted he is close to signing for a new club after leaving Old Trafford.

Owen was released by United at the end of last season after three years as a bit-part player with Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

English Premier League teams Stoke City and Everton are understood to be leading the race for the 32-year-old forward, who only made four appearances for United last season, while Australian outfit Melbourne Heart have emerged as late contenders for his signature.

Getting closer to finding a new club.
Michael Owen on Twitter


Via his Twitter account, former Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid star Owen said: "Getting closer to finding a new club. Had a good deal of interest but just need to pick right! Can't wait to get going again."

Owen, who netted 40 times in 89 appearances for England, made a total of 31 appearances during an injury-ravaged spell with United, scoring five goals including a memorable derby winner against Manchester City in 2009.