Manchester City will be left with a headache this summer after West Ham turned down their option to sign on-loan goalkeeper Joe Hart on a permanent deal, the Mirror reports.
Hart has had a torrid time at the London Stadium, losing his first-choice spot for much of the season to Adrian – although the 31-year-old has won his place back recently and performed well against Chelsea.
A series of high-profile mistakes and average form have led to the London club deciding not to buy him outright though, and David Moyes’s recruitment team is already compiling a shortlist of replacements for the position.
With a year remaining on his contract, City must now find another team for Hart, who is now likely to see out his contract at the Etihad with no clubs willing to take on his bumper wages.
Another loan deal appears most likely, even if it means leaving England as he did for Italian club Torino in 2016. There have been some whispers from Spain of Sevilla being interested, but that has yet to be backed up by any mainstream sources.
Joe’s immediate concern is trying to make England’s World Cup squad, with a host of young goalkeepers battling for a spot on the plane to Russia.
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