Hodgson: Hargreaves deal close

BY foxsports • August 19, 2011

Hargreaves is available on a free transfer after leaving Manchester United earlier this summer following an injury-plagued stay at Old Trafford. The Baggies are ready to offer Hargreaves another crack at the Premier League and Hodgson revealed the club's sporting director, Dan Ashworth, has been in further discussions with the former England international about a move to The Hawthorns. "Dan [Ashworth] has had further talks with him and the talks have been relatively positive," said Hodgson. "We believe he's capable of playing top-flight football again and we're very interested in him." Asked whether Hargreaves has had a medical, Hodgson replied: "A minor one, yes. If he was to join us of course he'd have a proper medical with all the scans. We haven't done that. "He came to visit with Alex McKechnie, the man who's been largely credited with supervising his revival and our expert here, Mark Gillett [the club doctor], looked at him and agreed. "If the day ever came when he was even close to signing a contract, he'd have to go through a more rigorous medical, but I quite firmly believe that he would just as easily pass that. "Alex and Owen were keen to show the doctor that the knee was fine."

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