Premier League - Houllier 'plots Owen move'

Eurosport - Sun, 12 Sep 12:18:00 2010

Michael Owen could make a sensational switch from Manchester United to Aston Villa when the transfer window re-opens.

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The former England striker is a leading target for new Villa boss Gerard Houllier, according to the News of the World.

Owen's United career has stalled, with the 30-year-old yet to start a competitive fixture this season after falling behind in-form Dimitar Berbatov in the pecking order of strikers at Old Trafford.

He also angered some United fans by donning the shirt of his former club Liverpool to play in Jamie Carragher's testimonial match.

Owen enjoyed his best years under Houllier at Anfield, and his prolific form won him the coveted Ballon d'Or award in 2001, after Liverpool's treble of League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.

Houllier was presented as the new Villa boss on Friday, and the 63-year-old succeeds Martin O'Neill who quit just days before the start of the season.

O'Neill walked out of Villa Park in a dispute over the club's lack of clout in the transfer market.

However, a move for Owen would not stretch owner Randy Lerner's resources, as the striker would be available either on loan or for a nominal fee when transfers resume in January.

Owen joined United on a free transfer in summer 2009 after leaving Newcastle United following the club's relegation.

He played at Liverpool from 1996 to 2004 before joining Real Madrid for 8m.


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