Sam Allardyce has admitted he would be like to bring Michael Owen to Bolton should the England striker quit Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The Bolton manager has declared that signing a striker is his priority in the summer and with Owen’s future at the Bernabeu uncertain, Allardyce believes that Owen could be persuaded to swap Madrid for Bolton.

“If Michael Owen was available, he would be first on our list,” said Allardyce.

“You wonder whether he would want to come and play for us and there would be an obvious problem with his wages and transfer fee.

“But Michael Owen is an England international and the best goalscorer we will have for a long time to come. It would be an achievement if were even to consider us.

“We already have two former Real Madrid players here in Fernando Hierro and Ivan Campo, so you could never actually write off the fact we might get a third!

“To have any chance at all, we would have to qualify for Europe. After that, who knows?

“Regular first-team football is important for most players. Money becomes secondary when you are sitting on the bench every week or sat in the stand.

“Michael Owen is a matchwinner. If he is not getting that adrenalin rush often enough, he probably wants it back.”