Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen is believed to be considering a lucrative move to the middle-east, after it emerged that he has been approached by Dubai-based Al Shabab.
The 32 year-old, who was released by United after three years at the club, was thought to be nearing a move to Stoke City, but it appears as though he is set to perform a u-turn by agreeing a mega-money move to the UAE.
As reported by the Daily Star, Al Shabab representatives confirmed yesterday that Owen's agent was in the middle east to discuss a deal.
"Michael Owen has been identified as a candidate to play for Shabab next season and we are in negotiations with his management team," the club Tweeted.
However, any deal will hinge on the thoughts of the club's new coach Marcos Paqueta.
According to Dubai-based Sport360, Paqueta is considering how the former Liverpool striker will fit into his plans.
The club are looking to bring in two more overseas players, with the league ruling that a side can only sign four foreign players. However, following a long term injury to Carlos Villanueva, Al Shabab will explore special dispensation to sign a fifth player.
Shabab boss Obaid Al Hubaitha commented that Owen would be a "nice addition" to the club, but conceded that they will need to consider all possibilities.
"He didn’t play much for Manchester United last season and maybe there was a reason for them not to renew his agreement.
“Owen will be a nice addition to our club because of his experience and we are thinking of him, but he needs to fit into our system and it depends entirely on Marcos," Obaid said.