Owen Hargreaves proves a wanted man

Owen Hargreaves could make a surprise appearance in the Premier League next season at West Bromwich Albion, as boss Roy Hodgson wants to open up talks over a pay-as-you-play deal with the former Manchester United midfielder, The Mirror yesterday reported.

Hargreaves is available on a free transfer after being released by the Red Devils earlier this summer. Hodgson is ready to capitalise on this as he plans to boost his squad by landing the highly-rated but injury-plagued 30 year-old. The Albion boss plans to move quickly and reportedly wants to open talks this week, with the possibility of Hargreaves flying out to meet him at their pre-season training camp in California.

Hargreaves career at United was overshadowed by a number of long-term injuries which caused him make just 27 first-team appearances in his four years at the club. But he is keen to find a new club and has even released video clips of himself training on the internet in a bid to prove his fitness to potential employers.

The clips include him doing a series of exercises in the gym, putting pressure on his right knee to prove he is not suffering from after-effects of tendinitis, but only one of him actually kicking a football.

Leicester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson has also showed interest in Hargreaves after seeing his clips online. Eriksson gave Hargreaves his England debut in 2001 and told Sky Sports: “I saw his videos and if he wants to come here I will open the door”.

However Hargreaves may find the offer of another taste of Premier League football at West Brom an irresistible one.

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