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United makes bold Owen bid, City's offer for Terry rejected

MICHAEL Owen is at Manchester United's training ground as he moves closer to joining the Premier League champions.

The 29-year-old striker, who is out of contract at relegated Newcastle, arrived at United's Carrington training complex yesterday having already undergone an assessment of his troublesome knee on Thursday.

Owen is expected to have further tests at a Manchester hospital later yesterday as the England forward looks to resurrect his career with Alex Ferguson's side.

Owen failed to persuade England coach Fabio Capello that he has both the form and fitness to add to his 89 international caps. But joining United could give him the chance to forge a partnership with Capello's first-choice striker, Wayne Rooney.

A Manchester United spokesman told the BBC the club would not comment on the speculation.

Owen shot to fame with Liverpool and England before joining Real Madrid in 2004. He had a single, frustrating season at the Bernabeu, where he played well but never managed to cement a first team place, before moving to Newcastle in 2005. Owen has since struggled for form and fitness and fallen out of favour with Capello.

Last month he said he would be leaving Championship (second division) side Newcastle within weeks.

He won the European Footballer of the Year award in 2001.

Meanwhile, Chelsea has rejected a bid from Premier League rival Manchester City for captain and England defender John Terry.

"Chelsea Football Club can confirm it has completely rejected an offer from Manchester City for John Terry," read a statement on Chelsea's Website. "We would like to make clear, and will not do so again, that John is not for sale."

City, owned by Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayad al Nahyan, also had an approach for Terry, who has 53 England caps, rejected last season. City manager Mark Hughes has already added England midfielder Gareth Barry from Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers striker Roque Santa Cruz to his squad to push for Champions League qualification next season.


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