STOKE CITY can confirm the signing of Michael Owen has now been completed after the Premier League Board ratified his inclusion in the Potters’ 25-man squad for 2012/13 season.
Owen agreed terms on Wednesday but both parties had to wait for confirmation of his eligibility to feature for the Club from the Premier League.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and United hit-man has penned a one-year deal at the Britannia Stadium, and is set to be available for selection in City’s next match against Manchester City on September 15th.
In the meantime, the 32-year-old will train with the Club and his new team-mates as the international break continues.
Owen has enjoyed a glittering playing career both at home and abroad, scoring 221 goals in 473 appearances, and is looking forward to the next chapter of his career in the Potteries.
“I’m delighted to have signed for Stoke City,” he said.
“We have been in talks for a while and it was a club I was always keen to join. I’m particularly excited at the prospect of working under Tony Pulis; he has assembled a great squad that I look forward to joining.
“I’m now looking forward to contributing as much as possible to the Club and can’t wait to play in front of a great set of supporters.”
The Chester born front-man becomes City’s seventh signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Jamie Ness, Geoff Cameron, Michael Kightly, Maurice Edu, Charlie Adam and Steven N’Zonzi.
One of England’s most decorated players, Owen boasts an impeccable scoring record at international level, racking up 40 goals from his 89 caps, including a memorable hat-trick against Germany in a 5-1 victory just over a decade ago.
He arrives in the Potteries on the back of a three-year stay at Old Trafford, whereby despite his well-documented injury problems, he still managed to score 17 goals in 52 appearances for the Red Devils - including three in four games last season.