Owen eyes swift OT move

22 May 2007 05:12
Owen Hargreaves has suggested he could be a Manchester United player by the end of the week. Hargreaves is set to move to Old Trafford in a £17million transfer after Bayern Munich reluctantly agreed to sell the England midfielder to the Premiership champions. The 26-year-old is due to link up with the England B side for the match against Albania at Burnley on Friday which potentially leaves him free to tie up the loose ends of his transfer with the United hierarchy. "It has been one of the longest transfer sagas," Hargreaves told BBC's Inside Sport. "I am sure this week we'll hear some new information." United boss Sir Alex Ferguson originally tied to sign the tenacious midfielder last summer after his impressive displays in the heart of England's midfield during the World Cup. However, Bayern rebuffed United's advances insisting the player would be remaining in the Bundesliga. Hargreaves himself admitted he wanted to move to England and, after a ten-month transfer saga, now looks set to fulfil his ambitions. Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer confirmed the move at the weekend, saying: "Owen Hargreaves will go. It's also the wish of the player."

Source: ESA