West Bromwich Albion No.1 Ben Foster has said that Owen Hargreaves would be the bee’s knees for the Baggies, as long as he can keep his own knees in good shape.
Foster and Hargreaves played together at Manchester United, and the goalkeeper was full of praise for his former teammate, who is in talks with West Brom’s sporting director Dan Ashworth after Manchester United let his contract wind down this summer.
“If we could sign Owen Hargreaves and know he would stay fit and play every game next season we would be signing a £15m player for nothing, it’s as simple as that,” Foster said.
“He is a great player, and he is also a great lad to have around the place as well.
“He is very happy and cheerful and just a good egg to have around.”
The 28-year-old goalkeeper feels for the England international, but reckons Hargreaves would be ready to take on the midfield role at The Hawthorns.
“He is an amazing player with so much ability and what has happened to him over the last couple of years has been such a cruel thing to happen,” Foster continued.
“I injured my cruciate ligament at the same time he picked up his first injury so I spent a lot of time with him in rehab, getting back to fitness, and he just never really seemed to find answers to what was wrong with his knee.
“I’ve heard he is in pretty good nick at the moment and he is looking to find a club. If you can get a fit Owen Hargreaves he is a valuable asset.
“He was amazing that season. It wasn’t long after the World Cup, when he was one of England’s shining lights.”