Michael Owen is expected to join Stoke later this month despite apparent interest from Everton.

Owen was released by Manchester United this summer after three years at Old Trafford which were scarred by injury problems. The 32-year-old confirmed he had no plans to retire, having previously stated his intention to remain in the top flight.

And, despite playing just 10 times since January 2011, Press Association Sport understands there has been plenty of interest in Owen, with Stoke now looking like the preferred option for England's fourth highest scorer.

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