New Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier has indicated he wants a Liverpool reunion and will try to lure Michael Owen to Villa Park.
The Frenchman was recently appointed as Martin O’Neill’s successor and will be hoping to bring in a few players during the January transfer window.
And Houllier has admitted he always wanted to work with his former Liverpool charge again, saying: “He has always been in my thoughts. I like him (Owen), as a player and a man.
“I went to Liverpool on September 4 for Jamie Carragher’s testimonial, and I saw Michael play a half of football. He still has the legs for it. “
Owen has had a tough time of it at mancheter United since moving on a free transfer and might relish the chance to move to Villa and work with his old manager once again.
He would have to fight to get into the team ahead of the likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Ashley Young but remains one of the best goal scorers in the Premier League still.
Meanwhile, Owen has admitted he is frustrated with his limited first team opportunities at Manchester United, where Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney are ahead of him.
“It sounds easy, but probably the most difficult thing is not playing for a couple of weeks and then all of a sudden getting called up and being mentally and physically right to perform well,” he said.