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Sep 12 10 5:58 PM

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Would you take him? Might be worth a go and needs games



MICHAEL OWEN is in line to become Gerard Houllier's first signing for Aston Villa.

The new Villa boss is set to make a swoop for the former England striker during the January transfer window either on loan or for a nominal fee.


Houllier watched Owen play in Jamie Carragher's testimonial game at Anfield last Saturday and was impressed by his form and fitness.


He will be keen to reunite his relatonship with the striker which flourished so successfully at Liverpool that Owen was named European Player of the Year in 2001 after helping fire the club to a treble of trophy successes.


Owen's contract with Manchester United expires at the end of the season and he remains a bit-part player at Old Trafford.


He might welcome to chance to reignite and extend his career by another two years at Villa under Houllier.


And it would be the sort of budget signing which will appeal to owner Randy Lerner whose decision to tighten the purse-strings led to the resignation of Martin O'Neill

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Sep 13 10 4:11 AM

If Hou has managed to organise a bit of time for shopping by January I will take Owen for sure. Reckon he has 2-3 good years left in him, just hope he can cope now that he has lost a yard of pace.

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Nov 16 10 10:22 PM

New forward in the summer then



Gerard Houllier says he has no plans to bring Manchester United striker Michael Owen to Aston Villa in January.

Owen, who is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury, is out of contract at the end of the season and his long-term future is uncertain.

He has been linked with a move to Villa after Houllier previously confirmed his interest in working with the 30-year-old again following their successful time together at Liverpool.

However, despite Villa's current injury troubles up front, Houllier confirmed he will not be looking to sign Owen when the transfer window reopens.

When asked if he would try to sign Owen in January, Houllier said: "No, no. In terms of some strikers Emile (Heskey) and John (Carew) will come back. There is no point."

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