Owen is keen to remain in the Premier League after his release from
But the deal looks doomed as Stoke are only prepared to offer the 32 year-old a structured deal based on appearances, due to his poor injury record at United. Owen spent three seasons at Old Trafford but made only four appearances in his final campaign and has not played since United’s Champions League clash with Otelul Galati in November.
Stoke were planning to offer Owen a 12-month deal with the promise of an
extension if he plays a certain number of games, a similar deal to the one
offered to Jonathan Woodgate last summer. But Owen’s representatives are
believed to be seeking a more lucrative package and Stoke are now looking at
other forwards, with
Joey Barton will not be signing for Fleetwood Town after the League Two club
confirmed they have failed to agree a loan deal. Barton, the
Steve Kean’s reign at
El Hadji Diouf, the former Blackburn winger, has agreed to sign for Neil
Warnock, barely 18 months after the
Terry Venables, the former England manager, made a successful start to his reign as technical advisor at Wembley FC, guiding the Combined Counties League Premier Division side to a 3-2 win over Langford in their FA Cup extra preliminary round tie. Wembley’s squad included a string of recognised names including Martin Keown, Graeme Le Saux, Ray Parlour, Claudio Caniggia and Brian McBride.
Substitute Chris Iwelumo’s extra-time goal secured victory for Gianfranco Zola in his first competitive game in charge of Watford.
Zola is back in management after he was sacked by West Ham two years ago and his late substitution paid off as striker Iwelumo found the net in the 108th minute to see off League Two Wycombe in the first round of the Capital One Cup.
Stale Solbakken endured a difficult debut in English football as his new