Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has called off his pursuit of former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargeaves.

The injury-plagued 30-year-old was released by the Barclays Premier League champions at the end of last season and Eriksson was keen to sign him.

However, after being unable to contact Hargreaves, Eriksson told BBC Radio Leicester: "It will not happen now. If it was going to happen it would have already been done but now it is too late."

He added: "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."

Hargreaves has made 42 appearances for England but played just 39 games for Manchester United in almost four years at Old Trafford.

The Canada-born midfielder recently posted videos on the internet in an attempt to prove his fitness to prospective clubs. West Brom have been linked with Hargreaves.

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