Everton have ruled out a move for veteran striker Michael Owen, The Daily Mail state.
The Toffees were linked with a controversial move for the former Liverpool forward, who is available on a free transfer after being released by Manchester United at the end of last season.
With David Moyes working on a shoestring transfer budget due to the Goodison Park club’s well-documented financial troubles, the Scottish boss was thought to be considering making an approach for the forward.
However, with Owen’s injury worries and his affiliation to Everton’s arch rivals, Moyes will now walk away from a deal for the former England international.
With Owen desperate to find a new club and prove his ability as his career draws to a close, Stoke have emerged as favourites to sign the player.
A pay-as-you-play deal has been touted, with the Potters ready to take a chance on the injury-prone attacker.
By Gareth McKnight