Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen,who was released by the club at the end of last season,has joined Premier League team Stoke City on a one-year deal,which could be worth around 2.5 million pounds.
The injury-hit former England striker,32,also has the option of another year at Britannia if he proves his fitness and plays enough games this season,the Sun reports.
Its not the pay-as-you-play deal widely thought Stoke would insist on for the former Real Madrid star. Instead,the Potters will pay Owen a basic wage of around 25,000 pounds a week with a chance to double his money if he plays and scores regularly.
That is something manager Tony Pulis is banking on as he hopes Owen will make the same kind of impact as did his last big signing,Peter Crouch,who scored 14 goals last season,but failed to win any of their last nine Premier League games.