Saturday, 16 July 2011

West Brom lining up Hargreaves talks

West Brom could meet with Owen Hargreaves as early as next week as they continue their interest in the former England international.Albion have already been in contact with Hargreaves, who has been released Manchester United after playing only 27 games in the past four years due to chronic knee problems and the Baggies' sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has revealed he is hoping to set up a meeting with the 30-year-old.Ashworth, who insists West Brom contacted Hargreaves well before the player released his YouTube clips in an apparent attempt to dispel doubts about his fitness, said on his club'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."He added: "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 added: "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.

"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."

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