Joe Hart is ready to push for a new loan before before Wednesday’s transfer deadline after losing his spot as West Ham’s first-choice goalkeeper, The Times reports.
Once the undisputed England number one, Hart has suffered a fall from grace since Pep Guardiola decided he wasn’t suited to the new style of play he was implementing at Manchester City, which saw him make a surprise move to Torino in Italy, before going on loan to West Ham this season.
But the 30-year-old, who is in what is generally considered his prime years for a goalkeeper, is now second choice to Spanish shot-stopper Adrián in the Premier League, and hasn’t featured since West Ham’s 4-0 defeat to Everton in November.
Joe has played as West Ham’s cup goalkeeper, but their weekend exit in the FA Cup to Wigan has the City fan favourite worried about his chances of retaining his England spot heading into this year’s World Cup.
Subsequently, Hart is going to try and relocate before February 1, with Newcastle a potential destination after they showed interest in signing him last summer. City will also have to sanction any new loan deal, with Hart still under contract until June 2019.
West Ham had an option to buy Hart in the summer, which they are now highly unlikely to use. That will give City a problem of trying to shift the player and his £175,000-a-week wages with just 12 months remaining on his contract, potentially meaning they will have to loan him out for a third season until his contract expires.
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