City door shuts on ex-United midfielder - reports

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Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves will not be moving to Leicester City this summer after Sven Goran-Eriksson called an end to his pursuit.

The 30-year-old star recently posted a series of videos on Youtube to prove his fitness to prospective clubs interested in handing Canada-born Hargreaves a chance to reignite his career.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson took the difficult decision to end the England international's injury-plagued stay at Old Trafford in May, after Hargreaves made just 39 appearances for Manchester United in almost four years at the club.

That said, Foxes boss Eriksson, who has already recruited no less than nine players at the King Power Stadium ahead of the new season, was keen to speak with Hargreaves about the possibility of helping Leicester in their push for prommotion from the Npower Championship in 2011-12.

It was Eriksson of course who handed Hargreaves his England debut during his time as Three Lions boss, with the talented midfielder proving to be one of the Swede's key players in the 2002 World Cup.


After seven successful years at Bayern Munich, Hargreaves joined Manchester United for a fee in the region of £17million, but has so far struggled to replicate his fine form since moving back to England.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leicester, Eriksson confirmed, "It will not happen now. If it was going to happen it would have already been done but now it is too late.

"I can't reach him. I have only spoken to his agent and he has not come back to me, which is a little bit strange."

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