Stoke boss Pulis: I want Owen to stay

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis insists he wants to keep hold of Michael Owen.

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis insists he wants to keep hold of Michael Owen.

Reports have linked the 33-year-old with a January transfer window switch to Perth Glory, whose coach Ian Ferguson has ruled out the prospect of a move but said the Australian outfit had been contacted by "an agent" to see if they were interested in Owen and that the matter was "discussed at a good level".

Asked about that this morning, Pulis, speaking ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League home clash with Chelsea, said: "Is it true, is it not true? You just don't know.

"I read a story yesterday in the papers that (Manchester United striker) Danny Welbeck was available. Ask (United manager) Sir Alex Ferguson what he thinks about that. You have to deal with it.

"Michael has got a contract until the end of the season and as far as I'm concerned, he has not come in and said he wants to change it.

"We haven't pulled Michael in and said we want to change that. So Michael will be part of the football club hopefully until the end of the season."

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