x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Transfer talk: July 17 - Owen's Premier hint, Celt set for Spain

The National's daily guide to the latest big name transfer news and moves from around the world of football.

Former Wolves and Cardiff striker Kenny Miller is unveiled to the media at new club Vancouver Whitecaps, flanked by team president Bob Lenarduzzi (l) and head coach Martin Rennie (r)
Former Wolves and Cardiff striker Kenny Miller is unveiled to the media at new club Vancouver Whitecaps, flanked by team president Bob Lenarduzzi (l) and head coach Martin Rennie (r)

Michael Owen has hinted he could yet remain in the English Premier League after turning down a move to play in the UAE Pro League.

The 32-year-old was released by Manchester United at the end of last season, and was linked with a move to Al Shabab for the start of the new term before the club turned their attentions elsewhere.

But the player tweeted last night: "'Had a good deal of interest but just need to pick right! Can't wait to get going again."

The former England striker said he was getting closer to finding a new club, and hinted it would not involve a move down the leagues.

"Not being disrespectful when saying I wouldn’t play in The Championship," he wrote. "Always said I wouldn’t drop down the leagues like some have done.

"I know I can still bang them in at the top level. I proved that nearly every time I played for Manchester United. At 32, still got a few years in me."

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Dutch defender Glenn Loovens is set for a move to Real Zaragoza after quitting Scottish champions Celtic.

The 28-year-old, whose contract with the Scottish champions finished at the end of the season, had been targeted by Blackburn Rovers and Besiktas.

But the defender, who has been capped twice by the Dutch national squad, now looks set to move to La Liga to join the Blanquillos.

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Scotland skipper Kenny Miller has joined MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps as their third designated player.

The 32-year-old arrives in Canada from Cardiff, where he cored 11 goals in 49 appearances for the Championship side last season.

Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie said: "We're delighted to bring an experienced striker like Kenny to our club.

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Newcastle are expected to make an improved offer to Liverpool this week for former striker Andy Carroll after their loan bid was rejected at the weekend.

The English Premier League side offered to cover part of the player's £80,000 a week (Dh460,000) wages, and a transfer fee of £13m if the deal became permanent at the end of the season.

However, Liverpool are understood to be looking for at least £20m to recoup more of the £35m spent by Kenny Dalglish to take the player to Anfield 18 months ago.

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Meanwhile Newcastle transfer target Mathieu Debuchy insists he wants to quit current club Lille for a new challenge this summer.

The right back, who impressed for France at Euro 2012, has been linked with a move to St James Park and to Internazionale - but has been left frustrated by his failure to leave France.

""Despite my commitment to Lille - the club is in my heart - I am 100% committed to leaving. I want to leave LOSC," he told L'Equipe.

"The coach wants to keep me but I will not change my opinion."

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Arsenal have been linked with a move for German midfielder Lewis Holtby - as doubts over the long term future of Theo Walcott at the club grow.

The 21-year-old Shalke midfielder has two full caps for Germany, but missed out on the Euro 2012 squad.

Walcott, like teammate Robin Van Persie, has just one season remaining on his contract at the Emirates and a host of rival clubs have been linked with a move for him.