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Owen sweats over Stoke move

MICHAEL OWEN has expressed his excitement at the chance to revitalise his career at Stoke but is still sweating on Premier League approval for the deal to be pushed through.

Owen's move remains subject to confirmation that the Potters submitted the relevant paperwork prior to yesterday's 4pm deadline for the player to be signed on a free agent basis.

The uncertainty meant the Premier League were only able to release the official 25-man squads for 19 of the 20 clubs, with the Potters' list still pending the outcome of their investigation.

Clubs are able to sign free agents outside the transfer window but are only able to field them in the Premier League if they have previously registered fewer than 25 players.

The Premier League said in a statement: "The Premier League board is currently considering an application from Stoke City to register a player and, subsequently, their squad list will be confirmed at a later date."

Owen insisted he was delighted at getting the chance to move to The Potters after being released by Manchester United, despite claims he had left it late to try and tempt Liverpool.

After agreeing a one-year contract, Owen wrote on Twitter: "Delighted to have signed for Stoke subject to Premier League approval.

"We have been in talks for a while and it was a club I was always keen to join. I'm particularly excited at the prospect of working under Tony Pulis."