Crouch urges ex-Man Utd striker Owen to make Stoke move

Peter Crouch has urged released Manchester United striker Michael Owen to join him at Stoke City.

Peter Crouch has urged released Manchester United striker Michael Owen to join him at Stoke City.

Everton have pulled out of a bid for the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle star, leaving Stoke as the main contenders for Owen's signature.

Crouch told The Sun: "Coming to Stoke was never a step down.

"I was really happy the manager could give me games when I was in and out of the Tottenham side.

"I’d rather play a big part in something smaller than be a small part of something bigger.

"I know Michael has a big decision to make after leaving a club the size of Manchester United — but I had a similar decision to make last summer.

"At Tottenham we were challenging for a Champions’ League place every season. We’re not doing that at Stoke but we are building something worthwhile here.

"If you want to play regular football and enjoy playing again, this is a great place to be. Michael will obviously make his own decision but a player of that calibre would be fantastic to have around the place.

"And the fans will absolutely love him. They were amazing with me when I first signed and they’re still great with me now."

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