Liverpool are reportedly considering a sensational move for their former striker Michael Owen. The 32-year-old is a free agent after being released by Manchester United at the end of last season and the former England international has until 4 September to find a new club, if he is to play in the Premier League before January.
ESPN reports Reds coach Brendan Rodgers could now swoop for Owen, after loaning Andy Carroll to West Ham United and failing to bring in a replacement. The Anfield club had been linked with Fulham's Clint Dempsey and Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge but did not sign either player before the deadline of 11pm BST on 31 August. Dempsey has since signed for Tottenham. The lack of activity in the period has led Rodgers to criticise the club.
Owen recently revealed on Twitter that although he had yet to agree a deal, he did have an idea about which team he would join this season.
"99% of people [are] asking where I will be playing next. I know who is interested but nothing will be done until next week. Obviously can't tell you who I'm in talks with yet. I have an idea where I will go but you never know who else could enter the fray!" the former Real Madrid man tweeted.
Owen joined the Liverpool academy at the age of 12 back in 1991 and became a part of the Reds' first team in the 1997/98 season. He left Merseyside to join Real Madrid in 2004, after making around 300 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 158 goals.
Sahin Undecided on Future
Meanwhile, midfielder Nuri Sahin has stated he will only take a decision on his long-term future after this season, as he looks to make his Liverpool debut.
The Turk moved to Anfield on a season-long loan from Madrid, following an unsuccessful start to his career in Spain. Liverpool are understood to have first option on the former Borussia Dortmund skipper after the loan spell, although Arsenal are also keen on the 23-year-old.
"If I said now I wanted to stay here that wouldn't be fair on Real Madrid, if I said I wanted to leave here next summer that wouldn't be fair on Liverpool. I can't promise anything as you never know what will happen in football. When I arrived at Madrid I signed for six years and I thought I would stay there for all that time. After this season we will take the best decision for my career," the Liverpool Echo quoted the midfielder as saying.
Rodgers has revealed Sahin is in contention to make his Liverpool debut against Arsenal.