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January 7 2013 2 07 /01 /January /2013 08:07
Owen deal looks unlikely for Glory

Michael Owen in FA Cup action for Stoke against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Pic: AP Photo

UPDATE: Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson says he is not interested in signing former England striker Michael Owen despite the club speaking to the player's management about a possible deal.

 

Glory said on Friday night they were in talks with Owen's representatives over the possibility of signing the Stoke City forward, who figured in his side's FA Cup draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

 

However, the club has released a statement today in which Ferguson says he is not the kind of player he wants to sign.

“Michael is a player who comes with a high pedigree but it’s not the direction I want to take the club,” Ferguson said.

“I am looking for a younger player and a player who has been playing more regularly.

 

“I have three or four irons in the fire that I am pursuing, which is good.


“In terms of Michael, there was contact from an agent if we were interested, it was discussed at a good level, but I have made the decision he is the not the player needed at Perth Glory.”

 

The West Australian today revealed Glory would have had to pay about $400,000 to secure the former Liverpool star on a 10-game deal.

 

Glory still have one international spot available in the squad after releasing Irish striker Billy Mehmet last week.

 

A-League clubs are allowed to sign high-profile players on 10-game guest-player contracts.

 

Their wages are exempt from the salary cap.

 

Owen, who has also played for Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Manchester United, would have qualified under guest-player rules.

 

But it was always unlikely cash-strapped Glory would be willing to part with that much money for a 33-year-old who has struggled to find form and fitness since joining Stoke this season.

 

Owen has made just four league appearances, as a substitute, and started his first match in 14 months as Stoke drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace in their FA Cup encounter on Saturday. He lasted 53 minutes without a shot on goal before being substituted.

 

Glory are operating under a limited capacity at nib Stadium as construction continues on a new grandstand.

 

Saturday's game against Sydney FC sold out but only 9817 fans were at Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero's first visit to Perth.

 

Glory were left disappointed after Danny Vukovic's late fumble led to another two points going begging at home in a 2-2 draw.

 

Striker Shane Smeltz found his goalscoring touch with a classy brace, twice giving Glory the upper hand.

 

But Sydney found the perfect response both times, with goals from Jason Culina and Sebastian Ryall securing a point for the visitors.

 

Ryall pounced on a rare Vukovic error in the 82nd minute, finishing from close range after the goal-keeper had spilled what should have been a clean take from a free kick.

 

The result left Glory in danger of slipping out of the top six for the second time this season ahead of Friday's game against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.

 

- Perth Glory missed the chance to reclaim top spot in the W-League when they drew 2-2 with Newcastle Jets at Intiga Stadium in Inglewood on Saturday.

 

Glory were without suspended forward Lisa De Vanna, who was banned for two matches after being found guilty of breaching the code of conduct with comments she made on social media.

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