Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart could be set for a move to West Ham this summer, with the club willing to let Hart go on loan should a permanent deal fail to be agreed.
According to Sky Sports News, West Ham are thought to be monitoring the situation regarding Hart at his parent club, but his present wage deal means that they are only considering a loan move at present unless the player were willing to take a pay cut.
Hart spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Serie A side Torino after being cast away by City manager Pep Guardiola. The player and his club expect more potential suitors to become apparent following the international break, but after England’s 2-2 draw with Scotland on Saturday, Hart admitted he was clueless as to where his future lies:
“I would love to give you a poker-straight answer, but I’ve got nothing at the moment because I think people are focused on international duty and respecting that players are focused on international duty.”
“I need an offer first and then I need to work out my options if I have choices. I want to be playing at the highest possible level, pushing myself.”
“It’s a short career. I want to push everything out of me. Physically I feel in great condition and I want to go again.”
With Manchester City signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for £34.7 million last week and Claudio Bravo only joining the club last summer, it looks as if it’s a certainty that Hart does not feature in Guardiola’s plans for the upcoming season.
The England international has been linked with moves to Liverpool, Sevilla and even Manchester United in recent months. However, it now looks as if there is solid interest in Hart from West Ham, and it is a strong possibility that the goalkeeper could end up at the Olympic Stadium next summer, be it temporarily or permanently.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.
Hat-tip: Sky Sports News HQ