Manchester United have confirmed Owen Hargreaves will join from Bayern Munich on 1st July.

The deal is the culmination of a 12 month prusuit of the England international by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

United tried to sign Hargreaves last summer, but were rebuffed in their attempts by the Bayern board. In January, United returned with a fresh offer for the Canadian-born midfielder, but again Bayern refused to sell.

However, in the face of renewed interest from Old Trafford Bayern eventually capitulated and agreed to sell the 26-year-old for a fee believed to be in the region of £17m.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce that it has agreed terms with Bayern Munich for the transfer of Owen Hargreaves,” read a statement.

“The player has also agreed terms with the club and passed his medical. Owen will formally sign his contract with Manchester United when he returns from his holiday at the end of June and will join on July 1 2007.”

The player met United officials last week before passing a medical and agreeing personal terms and all that remains is for Hargreaves to sign the contract at Old Trafford on 1st July.

Confirmation of Hargreaves’ arrival comes hot on the heels of United’s announcement that they had agreed in principle to sign Anderson and Nani from Porto and Sporting respectively.