Davies: Villa could land Owen

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Curtis Davies believes it would send a message of intent to the other Barclays Premier League clubs if Aston Villa were to pursue out-of-contract Newcastle striker Michael Owen.

Owen looks certain to have played his last game for the Magpies as a substitute against Villa when a single-goal reversal confirmed their relegation from the top flight.

Central defender Davies said: "I am sure Michael Owen doesn't need revitalising by any manager. I am sure Michael Owen, if he goes somewhere, keeps fit and plays games, is going to score goals."

He added: "He is that good a player. Unfortunately this season, just as he started to hit form, he got injured again and hasn't managed to put a run of games together.

"I'd love to see him here at Villa if that was an opportunity, although at the same time there will be other clubs sniffing around him.

"People will say about his wages but, if you are getting him on a free transfer, it offsets that.

"If we are ever in the running for a player like that, it will show the progression of this club and hopefully we can get someone like that."

The speculation will now heighten over the future of Villa midfielder Gareth Barry, who has only 12 months remaining of his current deal and is likely to again be a target for Liverpool.

Davies feels the England star would be almost irreplaceable should he decide to end his 12-year stay with the midlands club in his desire to play Champions League football.

He said: "I hope Gareth stays. Only Gareth and the gaffer (Martin O'Neill) hold the key to that. I am sure they will be in contact talking about a contract over the summer. Gareth would almost be irreplaceable because, if you sell Gareth or he goes, who are you going to get in?"

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