Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Hargreaves on verge of City move

Owen Hargreaves
Owen Hargreaves

Owen Hargreaves could be confirmed as a Manchester City player on Wednesday.

Press Association Sport understands the 30-year-old midfielder, who was released by Manchester United this summer, has had a medical with the Blues and the results have been sufficiently positive for dialogue to be opened over terms for Hargreaves to be offered a contract.

Given Hargreaves' abysmal fitness record, this would almost certainly be heavily incentivised, and the kind of pay-as-you-play deal which Michael Owen signed when he joined Manchester United two years ago.

Five years ago, Hargreaves was England's star performer at the 2006 World Cup and two years after that, he ended his first season at United by lifting the Premier League and Champions League.

But then renowned knee surgeon Dr Richard Steadman ordered surgery on both legs to cure a chronic tendinitis problem Hargreaves was suffering from at the end of his time with Bayern Munich.

At least three comebacks had to be aborted, the latest last season, when he was handed a surprise start at right-back for a Premier League encounter with Wolves at Old Trafford but lasted just five minutes after pulling a hamstring.

Sir Alex Ferguson did talk optimistically about a comeback as Hargreaves' four-year contract ran out.

In the end, the midfielder neither made it back onto the pitch, nor received an offer to stay.

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