West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Owen Hargreaves is on the brink of joining the club, upon the completion of a full medical.
The England international was released from Manchester United at the end of last season after making just 39 appearances during his four-year injury plagued career at Old Trafford.
But Hodgson, who has already added former United keeper Ben Foster to his ranks, is confident negotiations with sporting director Dan Ashworth will produce a positive outcome.
"Dan 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 the injury-hit star had undergone a medical, Hodgson said: "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."
In another boost for Hodgson, the club yesterday confirmed the renewal of striker Peter Odemwingie's contract.
The Nigerian scored 15 Premier League goals last season, in his first season in English football following his move from Locomotive Moscow.
A £4 million bid from Wigan Athletic and reported interest from Newcastle United had led to doubt over the forward's future at the Hawthorns but a newly signed three-year deal has put an end to speculation.