West Ham are still keen to sign Manchester City’s outcast goalkeeper Joe Hart and will attempt to bring him to the London Stadium this summer despite interest from Manchester United.
The Hammers made enquiries at the beginning of last season after Hart’s relationship with City broke down when new boss Pep Gaurdiola brought in Claudio Bravo and picked Willy Caballero as his backup which lead to Hart leaving on a season long loan to Italian club Torino.
With that deal now expired and Hart having no place at the Etihad, he is now looking for a new club with the Telegraph reporting that another loan deal is on the table at West Ham.
The £20m-rated England international is on board with the move as Slaven Bilic looks for major improvements across the side after a disappointing season. Hart however admitted after England’s recent World Cup qualifier against Scotland that he is unsure where his future lies: “I need an offer first and then I need to work out my options if I have choices. I want to be playing at the highest possible level, pushing myself.”
Hart is well aware of the threat that Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford are making to his England position and he will need to regain form in the Premier League to stamp his authority on the No.1 position.
The size of the keeper’s wages would make a permanent move to West Ham nearly impossible but a loan deal could work well for both parties, depending on how much City would demand for such a move to take place.
The preferred option for Hart would be a permanent move to get his career back on track with a secure future which could come in the unlikely form of Manchester United.
Boss Jose Mourinho has been keeping an eye on Hart’s movements lining him up as a potential replacement for David De Gea who has rekindled his wish move to his dream club Real Madrid.
If that deal goes through the Hammers will be facing tough competition from United although Guardiola would be extremely reluctant to let Hart transfer to one of their rivals especially their next door neighbours making it unlikely that any deal would be agreed between the two Manchester clubs.