Released Manchester United striker Michael Owen is fast becoming the hottest free agent in England.

The Daily Mail says Brendan Rodgers will consider a move for Owen after seeing his goal-shy Liverpool comprehensively beaten by Arsenal at Anfield.

Stoke City have been pursuing Owen, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United, and have offered him a two-year deal worth in the region of £1.5million a season.

Sunderland have also shown interest but Owen, 32, wants to stay in the North West and the chance to rejoin Liverpool may be impossible to resist.