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Stoke chairman Coates: No contact with Newcastle's Owen

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says they're yet to speak with Newcastle United striker Michael Owen about a move to the Brit.

He said: "I haven't and I don't know that any of my team have. I don't believe we have, not at this stage.

"We haven't really discussed Michael at this stage. We know he's about. He has been a terrific player, he's a very nice man.

"I don't know what options Michael has got - obviously, we are not privy to his position, what alternatives and what options he has got and where he might go.

"We will still keep an eye on it, that's about as much as I would say.

"He has been a fabulous player for Liverpool and England.

"He has had a lean time, but I am sure he doesn't feel finished and hopefully from his point of view, he is not.

"We will have to see how things develop on that front. But equally, I am sure they will have their ear to the ground."

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