Manchester United striker Michael Owen remains a target for Sunderland.

The People says Sunderland are chasing a couple of free agents, with Cardiff ­contract rebel Jay Bothroyd, 29, close to signing, and Manchester United's Owen, 31, still a target.

The Sunderland boss knows he needs more firepower after Darren Bent moved to Aston Villa in January.

He faces ­losing of Danny Welbeck, on loan from Manchester United, and Fraizer Campbell is ­likely to miss most of next season after a knee op.

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