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Baggies confirm Hargreaves interest

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed the club's interest in signing Owen Hargreaves if he proves his fitness.

Hodgson admits Albion's technical and sporting director Dan Ashworth has been in contact with the former Manchester United player, but Hodgson will leave it to medical experts to decide whether Hargreaves will be fit enough to return at Premier League level. Hargreaves posted fitness videos of himself on YouTube after being released by United at the end of last season.

Hodgson said: "I've not actually spoken to Owen but he's been communicating with Dan Ashworth. Obviously, we're monitoring, like several other clubs, a player of his quality and the situation with him. If the situation developed where it's clear he is no longer injured and is capable of playing Premier League football I don't think we'll be the only club interested in his services."

Hodgson added: "I don't have an update on what the next move will be.

"There was some talk that because he was in Vancouver and we were a couple of days in Portland (on a pre-season tour) that he might be able to pop down and see us - but that wasn't possible.

"He looked good on the YouTube video. But I'm no expert on the subject and it would take medical experts to made a decision with regards to capabilities.

"It's not possible for me and my naked eye to make a decision on that."

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