UPDATE: PERTH Glory have ruled out making a play for Stoke City forward Michael Owen.
The former England international was rumoured to be interested in a switch to the A-League having struggled to gain a spot in the first team at the Brittania Stadium, due to a mixture of his own fitness and the good form of Tony Pulis' men.
But after reports strongly linked Glory and Owen, the Perth club have now put a line through the 33-year-old.
"Michael is a player who comes with a high pedigree but it's not the direction I want to take the club," Perth coach Ian Ferguson said in a statement.
"I am looking for a younger player and a player who has been playing more regularly.
"I have three or four irons in the fire that I am pursuing, which is good.
"In terms of Michael, there was contact from an agent if we were interested, it was discussed at a good level, but I have made the decision he is the not the player needed at Perth Glory."
Glory had previously expressed their interest in signing Owen in the January transfer window, however the club have now done a backflip on their initial preferences.
The statement comes shortly after Glory made a big play for former MLS star David Beckham, but their attempts to land the ex-England international are unlikely to come to fruition.
Glory interested in luring EPL striker Michael Owen to Perth
IT might be the silly season in the football world, but there is nothing silly about Perth Glory chasing former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen.
It would be the smartest move Glory owner Tony Sage has made if he could secure the services of the 33-year-old during the January transfer window.
The Glory is reportedly in talks with Owen's management about signing him as replacement for Irish forward Billy Mehmet who was released last week and is now headed to Thailand.
According to those reports, Glory coach Ian Ferguson has already sounded out possible replacements and is keen to secure a player in the next month.
And what a statement it would make if Owen was to sign for the West Australian outfit.
Owen might be 33, but he's far from being on his last legs and would certainly do the job for Perth.
The frontman scored 40 goals in 89 internationals for England and hit 118 goals in 216 league appearances for Liverpool.
He also had spells at Real Madrid and Manchester United before signing for Stoke City in the EPL.
But he is just warming the bench at the Britannia Stadium and apparently is keen on a move Down Under.
A Glory spokesman confirmed the club was interested in securing Owen's services but said negotiations were in their early stages.
"Michael Owen's agent has enquired about Michael playing in the A-League," the spokesman was quoted as saying.
"Perth Glory is interested but are yet to find out Michael's terms and conditions. Until these are known, Perth Glory will not enter any further negotiations."
Hopefully those negotiations can start and Owen will make the move.
A player coming at a relatively young age from the EPL would definitely be a boost for the A-League.
At the moment it seems to be a place where older players decide to end their career. But Owen's arrival could pave the way for more to come.
Perth fans have already seen one ex-Liverpool striker (Robbie Fowler) enjoy a successful time at the club and would be hoping Owen is the next one to arrive.
It needs to happen for the good of the game and also for the club itself.
Perth has been a team which has been there or thereabouts since the A-League's conception and the arrival of a class striker could mean the difference between staying as also-rans or bringing the X-factor needed.
It would also take some pressure of Shane Smeltz.
Although the New Zealand striker scored twice on Saturday night, he has been struggling for goals this season and the arrival of Owen would be good news for him and the club which would be hoping the duo could join up for the dream striking partnership.
Let's hope it happens, not just for Glory's sake but for the good of the game in Australia.
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