Joe Hart might not have a future at Manchester City, but he is still a man in demand elsewhere.
The England goalkeeper is still reeling from being left out of Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, while his club future is also up in the air as Pep Guardiola has made it quite clear that his future is away from the Etihad.
Having spent the last two seasons away on loan (at Torino and West Ham, neither of which went particularly well for him), he is likely to leave on a permanent basis this summer. The Times have reported that Southampton and newly-promoted Wolves are both keen on recruiting the 31-year-old this summer.
The Saints are arguably the more likely of the two to firm up their interest, with their goalkeeping situation still a little uncertain. Fraser Forster, who was once heavily touted to become Hart’s successor as England number one, has lost his place in Southampton’s staring lineup to Alex McCarthy – and while McCarthy has performed ably in the role, manager Mark Hughes would probably consider Haert a step above what he has already.
Wolves, too, are keen but it would take something special to dislodge current incumbent John Rudy from his spot in goal. The former Everton and Norwich man appears to have nailed down the number one position at Molineux – and while manager Nuno Espirito Santo will be on the lookout for squad depth while Carl Ikeme continues to fight acute leukaemia, Hart would almost certainly be against joining a club where he is not guaranteed to be installed as first-choice keeper immediately.
In any event, it seems highly unlikely that Hart will see out the last year of his contract at Man City and be their third choice, particularly while he still believes he can fight his way back into Southgate’s England plans for the Euro 2020 campaign.