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West Brom want Hargreaves

Owen Hargreaves could be handed a chance to resurrect his Premier League career after entering into talks with West Brom.

The 30-year-old only managed 27 games during a four-year spell at Manchester United thanks to a litany of injuries, and was released as the end of last season.

Baggies sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth revealed his club are interested in the former England man and added that, if fit, his signing would be a “no brainer”.

“We have been in talks with Owen,” he told West Brom’s official website.

“He’s based over in the United States at the moment so we might try to get to meet him in the next week or so and see if he would consider coming to us.”

“If Owen is fit to play Premier League football, it is a no-brainer.”

“Make no mistake, Owen Hargreaves is a fantastic player. He’s shown he’s a top, top player from his England, Manchester United and Bayern Munich days.”

“Obviously, Owen has had a few medical issues over the last few years. But we would be absolutely delighted to get a fit Owen Hargreaves.”

“That would be a wonderful signing for us.”

Ashworth claimed that his club have the medical department to handle a player that has had more than his fair share of injuries.

He added that while Hargreaves does have other options – with Championship Leicester City reportedly interested – West Brom were the first to make contact.

“The three things we’ve got going for us are: one, we’re in the Premier League, which is attractive in itself; the second thing is we’ve got a fantastic medical team. We had an unbelievable hit-rate last season in terms of player availability,” Ashworth added.

“I think that’s attractive to Owen, that we’ve got a proven track record in the last couple of years of maintaining players and keeping them out on the pitch, which is the most important thing.”

“Thirdly, we were the first club to contact him. He’s told me that, and he appreciates that.”

“I’d like to think we’ve got a chance – but Owen has plenty of other options as well.”

Sun 17 July, 2011
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