Michael Owen to Manchester United?

Michael Owen looks set to join English Premier League powerhouse Manchester United on a free transfer pending a medical test on his chronic knee and ankle injuries.

Contract talks between United powerbrokers and the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker will continue into the night, according to BBC Sport.

Manchester United are in the market for several big name forwards after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and losing Carlos Tevez as well in the current off season. Owen would be a risky signing due to his lengthy injury history, a weakness which ruled him out of a move to Blackburn earlier in the offseason.

Owen has been disappointing for pretty much all of his career since his initial stint at Liverpool, finding it hard to stay on the pitch and/or in the good books of his managers during his time at Madrid and Newcastle United. His form has been so poor lately that he has been dropped from the English national squad.

Newcastle were relegated from the English Premier League in 2009 after injuries to Owen and Mark Viduka, amongst many others, left them with few options up front. It will be a long way back for them to regain a place in the EPL as they clean out their books of star players.