Baggies encouraged to take a punt on former England ace

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West Bromwich Albion legend Cyrille Regis believes the signing of Owen Hargreaves would be an shrewd one, after the Baggies were linked with a move for the former Manchester United midfielder.

The ex-England international was released by United after a host of injuries blighted his Old Trafford career, and is now actively searching for a new club.

Reports this week have suggested Hargreaves is on the radar of Roy Hodgson, and Regis believes a move for the midfield dynamo would have a positive impact on the whole squad.

"He's got a great pedigree - Bayern Munich, Manchester United, England," said Regis.

"You don't get players like that being available too often.


"If he can show his fitness levels and West Brom get a good package together for him then why not? It could suit everyone.

"He's got experience, quality and he's a hell of a player if he can sort his fitness out.

"You think what he could bring to the squad and the younger players like Youssouf Mulumbu and Graham Dorrans. A fully-fit Owen Hargreaves would stimulate the others players and it would stimulate the whole club."

Elsewhere, striker Peter Odemwingie is back in the Nigerian fold after missing out on his country's friendly against Argentina and the African Nations Cup qualifier against Kenya.

His re-selection following his self-imposed walk-out is likely to lead to him being selected for the African Nations Cup next year, and therefore missing a chunk of the regular season.

Nigeria coach Samson Siasia said: "Everything is now under control and Osaze (Odemwingie's Nigerian name) is back in the squad.

"No problems again, we are now on the same page and things can move ahead in the best interest of Nigerian football."

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