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The BBC Nonchalantly Claim Manchester United Have Held Negotiations With Joe Hart

Manchester United fans had feared prior to this summer’s transfer window that David De Gea might finally complete a move to Real Madrid.

However, the Spaniard seems to once again be staying put with Florentino Perez routinely briefing the press that he is more than happy with current Los Blancos ‘keeper Keylor Navas. Even if De Gea was to leave, Sergio Romero has proved himself to be a fine replacement with his Europa League performances last season. Furthermore, 21-year-old Joel Pereira is one of the most exciting talents the academy has seen in many years.

However, it seems Mourinho is, in fact, on the lookout for a new man between the sticks for the 2017/18 campaign. The BBC is this afternoon reporting that the club have held conversations with representatives of Manchester City’s Joe Hart.

The Englishman spent last season on loan at Torino after Pep Guardiola quickly assessed he wouldn’t be good enough for a team challenging for the title. The spell in Italy clearly didn’t go as planned with Il Toro’s President admitting as the loan came to an end that they “didn’t expect so many mistakes from an England international.”

Manchester United TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 18: Joe Hart (C) of FC Torino salutes the fans at the end of the Serie A match between FC Torino and Empoli FC at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on September 18, 2016 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Simon Stone’s report reveals Jose Mourinho is an admirer of Hart but would obviously prefer to, and expects to, retain De Gea’s services.

If Hart did make the move across Manchester, it would be one of the strangest transfers in recent years not least because of the rivalry between the clubs but primarily due to the fact the 30-year-old would be a dreadful replacement for De Gea.

The report also states West Ham are interested in signing the goalkeeper with lingering concerns over their current options.

United fans are understandably none-too-pleased with the news.

 

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