Man City’s Joe Hart to leave West Ham?
It’s not gone right for Man City’s Joe Hart for some time.
Last season Hart struggled to impress as Man City farmed the England international out to Torino.
Pep Guardiola refused to keep Hart in his squad this season too, as the keeper was sent on loan to West Ham.
Yet, having started the season as West Ham’s number one choice between the sticks, he’s been replaced by Adrian in recent weeks.
The FA Cup offered Hart an opportunity to play in goal for the Hammers. But after the defeat to Wigan last weekend, fears instantly surfaced about how many more games Hart will play in for David Moyes this season.
On Monday in the Times, it’s believed that Hart may leave West Ham before the January window closes.
Could he join Newcastle?
The big issue for Hart is where will he go next.
Could he join Newcastle? That option is hinted at in the Times, although there was a distinct lack of conviction that the deal will come to pass:
Joe Hart is ready to push to end his loan deal with West Ham United before the transfer window closes on Wednesday to safeguard his status as England’s No 1 before the World Cup.
The goalkeeper, 30, attracted interest from Newcastle United last summer at the time that he left Manchester City to join West Ham, where he was told that he would be first choice.
West Ham are unlikely to allow Hart to leave unless they can secure a replacement before the window shuts.
If you were betting on how the season will pan out for Hart, bet against his inclusion in the England World Cup setup.
Bereft of confidence, it seems impossible to see how Gareth Southgate would start with Hart in goal in Russia this summer.
The more likely England goalies at the World Cup include Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Stoke’s Jack Butland.