Hold your horses! Owen signs for Stoke but Premier League yet to ratify deal
19:59 GMT, 4 September 2012
Stoke are sweating on Premier League approval on their last-gasp bid to sign Michael Owen after the striker finally agreed to join them.
The Potters are not set to learn until Wednesday whether the move would be ratified by the Premier League board.
It was unclear whether Stoke had provided the relevant documents for the signature of free agent Owen before or after the 4pm deadline for clubs to submitted their 25-man squad lists.
Destination: Michael Owen is poised to be a Stoke player
The uncertainty meant the Premier League were only able to release details of those lists for 19 of their 20 clubs, with the Potters' still pending.
It is understood Stoke would otherwise be prevented from filling Owen's spot with another player if his move was rejected.
Clubs are able to sign free agents outside the transfer window but are only able to field them in the Premier League if they have previously registered fewer than 25 players.
The Premier League said in a statement: 'The Premier League board is currently considering an application from Stoke City to register a player and, subsequently, their squad list will be confirmed at a later date.'
Stoke moved for Owen after he was released by Manchester United but the the 32-year-old appeared reluctant to entertain their advances amid suggestions he was waiting for a bigger club to pounce.
And although he was also linked with Liverpool and Sunderland, he insisted tonight he was 'always keen to join' Tony Pulis' side.
After signing a one-year contract, he posted on Twitter: 'Delighted to have signed for Stoke subject to Premier League approval.
'We have been in talks for a while and it was a club I was always keen to join.
'I'm particularly excited at the prospect of working under Tony Pulis.
'He has assembled a great squad that I look forward to joining.
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'I'm now looking forward to contributing as much as possible to the club and can't wait to play in front of a great set of supporters.
'Thanks for your kind messages everyone. Can't wait to get going again!'
Former United colleague Rio Ferdinand backed him to succeed at the Stoke, saying to him on twitter:
'All the best fella! I'm sure you'll be adding some more goals to the stats this season you sniffer dog you.'
Stoke earlier announced an agreement
had been reached with the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle
star on their official website.
'Stoke City have today won the race to
sign England international striker Michael Owen on a free transfer,
subject to Premier League Board approval,' a statement read.
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'The former Liverpool and Real Madrid
hitman has penned a one-year deal at the Britannia Stadium, following
his release from Manchester United at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.'
Owen would become Stoke's seventh
signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Jamie Ness, Geoff
Cameron, Michael Kightly, Maurice Edu, Charlie Adam and Steven N'Zonzi.
Owen's time at United was dogged by
injury problems but he scored 17 goals in 52 appearances during his
three-year spell, including a famous winner in a 4-3 derby victory over
Manchester City in 2009.
In total, Owen has scored 221 goals in
473 games in all competitions at club level, in addition to 40 goals in
89 appearances for England.
MICHAEL OWEN FACTFILE
1996: Signs professional terms with Liverpool on 17th birthday after previously joining them as a schoolboy.
1997: May 6 – Scores on his first-team debut against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.
1998: Finishes season joint-top scorer in the Premier League with 18 goals.
May 31 – Named in England's World Cup squad of 22.
June 22 – Scores after coming on as substitute against Romania but England lose 2-1.
June 30 – Scores a sensational goal against Argentina before England bow out of France 98 on penalties.
2001: May – Scores twice in the last seven minutes as Liverpool come back to beat Arsenal 2-1 in the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.
Plays, but does not score, as Liverpool complete a cup treble when they beat Alaves 5-4 after extra-time to win the UEFA Cup.
September 1 – A hat-trick helps England to an historic 5-1 win over Germany in the World Cup qualifier in Munich.
December 17 – Named European Footballer of the Year.
2003: April 26 – Scores his 100th Premier League goal, the second of four in a 6-0 rout of West Brom.
2004: August 12 – Sources close to Real Madrid reveal the Spanish club have agreed to give Liverpool 38million and Antonio Nunez for the services of Owen.
August 13 – Passes medical with the Spanish giants.
2005: May 23 – After scoring 16 goals in his debut season in Spain, states his intention to stay with Real Madrid despite reported interest from Newcastle.
August 30 – Signs four-year deal with Newcastle, sealing 17million permanent transfer.
December 31 – Breaks metatarsal bone in defeat at Tottenham and is ruled out for 'several months'.
2006: March 24 – Newcastle announce Owen requires surgery to tighten the screw inserted into his foot during the initial operation.
June 20 – Regains fitness to take his place at the World Cup but injures his knee in first minute of group game against Sweden in Cologne and is immediately replaced. Ruled out for at least nine months.
2009: May – Finishes the season with 10 goals as Newcastle are relegated from the Premier League on the final day.
June 22 – Confirms that he will not be renewing his contract with Newcastle.
July 1 – Becomes a free agent after his Newcastle contract runs out.
July 3 – Reports link Owen with free transfer to Manchester United and he later signs a two-year contract with the champions after passing medical tests.
August – Makes United league debut as a substitute against Birmingham, scoring a first competitive goal against Wigan six days later.
September 22 – Claims a dramatic winner in the sixth minute of injury time to seal a 4-3 win over local rivals Manchester City.
2011: May – Makes enough league appearances to claim a title winner's medal but is an unused substitute in United's Champions League Final defeat to Barcelona at Wembley.
November 2 – Substituted early in Champions League group stage match against Otelul Galati and misses the rest of the season.
2012: May 17 – Reveals on Twitter that Manchester United would not be offering him a new deal after three years with the club.
September 4 – Now a free agent, signs for Stoke on a one-year contract in a deal subject to Premier League Board approval.