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Roy keen to Bag Hargreaves
Forgotten man Owen Hargreaves has been given the chance to resurrect his Premier League career, with West Brom manager Roy Hodgson revealing the club have offered the midfielder a deal. Hargreaves was released from Manchester United at the end of last season, following a four year spell decimated by continued injury problems, firstly with worrying knee problems before hamstring and shoulder injuries cost him the chance to returning to action before the end of the season. Those who follow the Premier League betting will know how unlucky he has been.
While there was no chance of a future for Hargreaves at Old Trafford, the combative midfielder will now have the chance to see if he can still compete at the top level should he accept the Baggies' offer. Hodgson had been holding talks with Hargreaves for the past couple of weeks and has now revealed an offer has been made to the player after coming through a series of fitness checks with the club's medical staff.
"He was looked at by our doctor, Mark Gillett, who was at Chelsea, who's quite an eminent person in his field," he said.
"And we had all the test results that he of course brought with him as well. And we spoke to his man, Alex McKechnie, who had been rehabilitating him for the last year."
"But whether or not our offer is going to be interesting to him, that's what I don't know."
Hargreaves has been posting regular videos of himself training this summer, in a bid to prove he is fully fit after working with highly respected physio McKechnie. There will always be doubts about the stability of Hargreaves knees but West Brom certainly feel it's a risk worth taking. A fit Owen Hargreaves has proven himself to be one of this country's most effective midfielders, although the question marks regarding his ability to play top-flight football will remain. Those following the latest football odds will know he could be a great player for West Brom if he stays fit though.
The former Bayern Munich man is believed to have a number of options available to him but West Brom must surely be one of the most appealing. It's highly likely that any deal for Hargreaves will be a 'pay as you play' one, leaving it down to the player to prove he is still capable of handling the rigours of the Premier League.
Published: Saturday 13th August 2011