Owen was 29-years-old at the time and had just run down his contract at Newcastle United, who were relegated from the Premier League. He joined United on a free transfer, but injury concerns meant he signed a pay-as-you-play deal.
Owen&aposs first port of call was actually to contact Liverpool, where he enjoyed incredible individual success as a young striker, but former teammate Jamie Carragher bluntly informed him that manager Brendan Rodgers wouldn&apost be interested. The former Ballon d&aposOr winner had limited options, and almost made the bold move of joining their Merseyside rivals Everton.
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After Liverpool said no, I was like what do you want me to do?” Owen told Up Front With Simon Jordan. “My options were Hull City, Everton and Manchester United. They were the three teams which came in, in the Premier League. I had had my stint away [in Spain with Real Madrid]. So in the Premier League they were the three teams.
With all due respect, Hull were in the relegation scrap, I didnt really want to stay away again and play in a relegation scrap. I was still a decent player. Now Im thinking Everton Im going to get absolutely [criticised], but I was prepared to go to Everton.
I flew to America, David Moyes was on holiday, and played golf and spent a full day with him. I was a boyhood Everton fan but though I am going to be hated now but I have got no other option.
Owen looked set for a stint at Goodison Park as he flew back to the UK but not long after landing, received a personal call from Sir Alex Ferguson. And the Scot worked his magic, eventually getting his man.