Owen could still join Stoke

The 32-year-old is a free agent after being released by

Manchester United this summer, although his wage demands could make

it difficult for Stoke to do a deal.

Pulis is also conscious that he already has five strikers on the

books in Peter Crouch, Jon Walters, Mamady Sidibe, Kenwyne Jones

and Cameron Jerome, and he would probably need to sell one of the

latter two to make room for Owen.

The Stoke manager said: “Michael hasn’t gone anywhere and it’s

still a possibility. There’s still stuff happening and going on.

Whether we can do a deal or not is another matter.

“I’ve always said he’s a good player and someone I think people

in the club would like to have around. He’s a great professional as

well and Crouchy has shown what great professionals can do for the

football club.”

Stoke have already signed three players this summer, winger

Michael Kightly, midfielder Jamie Ness and defender Geoff


Pulis is still hoping to add full-back Goran Popov on a

season-long loan from Dynamo Kiev, but the Macedonia international

has hit problems with his work permit.

Pulis said: “He’s got to go to a tribunal on Wednesday so we’ll


Whether Stoke can complete that deal or not, Pulis is confident

there will be new faces at the Britannia Stadium before the

transfer window closes in two weeks’ time.

He said: “We’re still looking to do some business if we can, and

we always tend to do our business at the back end of the transfer