Roy Hodgson expects competition to sign Owen Hargreaves

Hodgson expects Hargreaves competition
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Roy Hodgson believes West Bromwich Albion face competition for Owen Hargreaves should he prove his fitness.

West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson believes that a number of clubs will be interested in signing Owen Hargreaves.

The defensive midfielder has been without a club since being released by Manchester United at the end of last season.

Hargreaves, 30, made just 27 Premier League appearances in four seasons at Old Trafford due to a persistent knee injury.

Should the former Bayern Munich player be able to prove his fitness then Hodgson is prepared to offer a contract, although the boss expects competition.

"Obviously, we're monitoring a player of his quality," Hodgson told Sky Sports News.

"But if a situation develops whereby it's clear he is no longer injured and is still capable of playing Premier League football, then I don't think we'd be the only team interested in his services."

Hargreaves joined United in 2007 for a fee of £17m.

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