Joe Hart appears close to finally leaving Manchester City, but again it won’t be on a permanent deal – not yet at least.
After serious doubts of a deal going through because of his £120,000-a-week wages, with some well-informed West Ham fans rating their chances at just 15%, Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph reports that England’s number one is now very close to a move.
Despite offering him to clubs for around £20million this summer, City have not received a single cash offer for Hart, and the likelihood is that he will now join West Ham on loan with a view to making it a permanent deal in a year’s time.
This comes after the two clubs held progressive talks over the last 24 hours, with City finally budging on their stance that they will only entertain offers of a permanent deal.
Whether or not a deal goes through in the coming days, Hart will not be on the flight to the US, with Pep Guardiola making the big decision a year ago that Hart was not a goalkeeper suited to his style of football.
The 30-year-old joined Torino in a shock move on deadline day in 2016, but had a very average season in Serie A, which damaged his stock when City would have been hoping for his value to remain high after a year in Italy.
Hart is under contract at the Etihad until June 2019 and next summer will be the last realistic chance for City to cash in on him if the loan switch to West Ham is confirmed.