EPL Transfer News: West Brom Set to Cast Lifeline to Owen Hargreaves?
The English international, born in Canada, starred for Bayern Munich for seven years before making the switch to England and Sir Alex Ferguson's side, but his contract expired this July and was not extended.
Hargreaves, who filmed himself working out to prove his fitness to clubs and put it on YouTube, looks to have earned himself at least a shot of sticking in the Premier League for a bit longer.
According to The Daily Mirror (via Goal.com):
Owen Hargreaves could be offered a route back into the Premier League with West Brom, after Manchester United decided not to renew his contract, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 30-year-old endured an injury-hit four years at Old Trafford, making just 39 appearances in his time at the club, but Roy Hodgson is said to be considering offering him a pay-as-you-play deal at The Hawthorns.
The move to United never panned out after a rash of injuries limited Hargreaves to only five appearances in the last three seasons, and as United went out and got younger at a number of positions this summer, Hargreaves was easily squeezed out.
Hargreaves was capped 42 times by England despite never having lived in the UK or playing in England prior to joining the international squad.
His career path since his move to England certainly hasn't been fair, but West Brom, in an attempt to improve on an 11th place finish in the EPL last campaign, have little to lose from bringing in a true winner like Hargreaves on a "pay-as-you-play deal."
Roy Hodgson, the 63-year-old manager that was bounced from Anfield less than a year into his run before taking over at the Hawthornes, could do worse than giving a shot to Hargreaves.
Sven-Goran Eriksson, who worked with Hargreaves during his run as England's boss from 2001-2006, is also believed to be interested in the 30-year-old although he manages at Leicester City in the Championship.
Hargreaves will, first and foremost, want a shot at keeping his talents at the top level of English play, but a move to Eriksson's club is certainly not out of the question if everything falls through.
If none of the aforementioned possibilities work out for Hargreaves he will likely retire from professional football after an 11-year career with two of the game's biggest clubs.
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