Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been handed a solid offer of Barclays Premier League football, as West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson admits that they have made him a worthwhile proposition to get his career back on track.
The Baggies boss also confirmed that the Hawthorns' top doctor has checked out the 30-year-old's notorious knee problem and given him the all clear to play.
Hodgson repeated the words he said to to the Canada-born player: “Look, we've done the test, we agree with you... the knee's OK and you can play football. And of course if you'd like to come and play for us that would be lovely.”
The former Liverpool manager added: "But whether or not our offer is going to be interesting to him, that's what I don't know.
"He was looked at by our doctor, Mark Gillett, who was at Chelsea, who's quite an eminent person in his field, and we had all the test results that he of course brought with him as well. And we spoke to his man, Alex McKechnie, who had been rehabilitating him for the last year.
"He didn't go through a stringent medical, but he was looked at by someone who should know what he's talking about."
Hargreaves was released by Manchester United after his knee problems forced him to the sidelines of Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans. He resorted to a novel way of promoting himself and proving his fitness, posting YouTube videos of himself in intense training.
But Hodgson said that Hargreaves was never bitter about his fate, and the former England international has maintained a drive to play football.
"No, he was very sanguine about the whole affair, and I think he just wants to play football again. He was bitterly disappointed the way he had to leave English football, but he didn't speak badly about anybody," he continued.
"He was just more concerned, I think, to convince us, or maybe he's trying to convince other teams, that 'Listen, I'm a fit player, you can use me'. I know Dan has e-mailed a proposal to Owen, but I don't know what the proposal is.”
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