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Baggies wait on Hargreaves answer

August 11, 2011

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed a deal is on the table for Owen Hargreaves but admitted he is unsure whether the former Manchester United man will sign on the dotted line.

Owen Hargreaves suddenly became viewed as a quality performer at the 2006 World Cup
GettyImages / AlexLiveseyOwen Hargreaves was released by Manchester United after an injury-ravaged spell at Old Trafford

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Hodgson has offered the injury-plagued midfielder a chance to resurrect his career with the Baggies after being convinced that Hargreaves has returned to full fitness.

But Hodgson admits he does not know if a move to the West Midlands will appeal to the England international, who demonstrated his fitness by releasing videos of himself in training at the start of the summer.

"When I left at 6pm on Tuesday, Owen was just about to leave at the same time," Hodgson said. "And we made it clear: 'Look, we've done the test, we agree with you, and your man Alex, that the knee's okay and you can play football. And of course if you'd like to come and play for us that would be lovely.'

"But whether or not our offer is going to be interesting to him, that's what I don't know. He was looked at by our doctor, Mark Gillett, who was at Chelsea, who's quite an eminent person in his field.

"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.

"He didn't go through a stringent medical, but he was looked at by someone who should know what he's talking about.''

Hodgson sensed no bitterness from Hargreaves about his exit from Old Trafford.

"No, he was very sanguine about the whole affair, and I think he just wants to play football again,'' the Baggies boss said. "He was bitterly disappointed the way he had to leave English football, but he didn't speak badly about anybody.

"He was just more concerned, I think, to convince us, or maybe he's trying to convince other teams, that 'Listen, I'm a fit player, you can use me'.''

Hodgson confirmed that West Brom's technical director Dan Ashworth has tabled an offer to Hargreaves, saying: "I know Dan has e-mailed a proposal to Owen, but I don't know what the proposal is.

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