Leicester cool interest in Owen Hargreaves
Thursday 14 July 2011
Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has confirmed he has enquired about Owen Hargreaves - but any possible deal to sign the former Manchester United midfielder is "on ice".
Hargreaves is a free agent after being released by the Barclays Premier League champions following an injury-plagued four years at Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old has attempted to prove his fitness to prospective clubs by posting videos on the internet, but Eriksson wants more assurances.
Speaking in Sweden on Leicester's pre-season tour, Eriksson said: "Yes, in one way we have tried to contact him. I've spoken to the agent now. It depends totally on Owen - the ball is in his court.
"It is difficult that he wants to come to the Championship and I am not sure he is 100% fit at the moment, so right now it is on ice.
"I don't even know if he is fit or if he wants to play but if he wants to speak to us, we are more than willing."
The former England manager added: "I have always said if he is fit, Owen Hargreaves is a great player."
West Brom have also been linked with Hargreaves, who made just 39 appearances for United following his £17million move from Bayern Munich in 2007.
interviewThe producer and activist, Trudie Styler, whose film 'Filth' is up for five film awards, is tapping into the industry's neglected female talent
musicBlack Sabbath have pulled off one of rock music’s great comebacks – against all odds
interviewHer estate has become the nation's glossiest food empire
theatreTheatre's hitmaker Daniel Evans on 'Oliver' and bringing 'The Full Monty' to the stage
food + drinkMichelin-starred Tom Sellers on being this year's hottest property
tvParents (and kids) rejoice! A new wave of fantastic family entertainment is here
booksGeese, gorillas, grandads... and growing up
food + drinkHow one grocery e-tailer is gearing up for the Yuletide rush
food + drink
travelFor broadcaster Mishal Husain, a long-haul Club Med holiday was a chance for her family to explore its sense of 'zen' and 'animation'
food + drinkFestive snacks don't have to be fiddly, says Bill Granger
Latest in Sport
Stoke City 3 Chelsea 2 match report: Oussama Assaidi stuns Blues in the last minute
Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy
Manchester United 0 Newcastle United 1 match report: David Moyes powerless to prevent dismal defeat
Manchester United 0 Newcastle United 1: Champions haven't got a clue
Liverpool 4 West Ham 1 match report: Luis Suarez gives England more to fear
- 1 Hundreds arrested as Canadian police smash worldwide paedophile ring
- 2 Sherlock series 3: Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman provide teasers for the biggest comeback in British television
- 3 Why Barcelona chose Everton to educate their latest prodigy
- 4 Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis
- 5 Japan cracks down on leaks after scandal of Fukushima nuclear power plant