Football News Roundup – 4/9/12

Michael Owen has found a club. The 32 year old signed for Stoke City yesterday after leaving Manchester United at the end of last season.

Owen, who has been capped 89 times for England and scored 40 international goals, has had a career blighted by injury problems, and has played in only 52 games in the past three years.

Owen declared his delight at signing for Stoke on Twitter:

"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."

He noted in another tweet:

"I'm particularly excited at the prospect of working under Tony Pulis. He has assembled a great squad that I look forward to joining."

Before joining the Potters there had been rumours that Owen could be making a shock return to former club Liverpool, with manager Brendan Rodgers currently bereft of strikers.

With the transfer window slammed shut, the Reds are rumoured to be offering a shock deal to free agent Alessandro Del Piero. The Juventus legend, now 37 years old, was expected to sign for Australian side Sydney FC later this week, but now TalkSport claim that Liverpool have jumped and offered the player the chance to come to Anfield.

And for those hoping to see Brazil ace Neymar grace the Premier League, we might have to wait longer than we hoped. The Sun reports that Man United made a £38m bid on deadline day for the Santos star, but the move was rejected by the player as he wants to stay until his country hosts the 2014 World Cup. Ferguson is believed to have made the audacious bid after losing out on another Brazilian target, Lucas Moura, to Paris St Germain.

Written and presented by Alfred Joyner