By Alex Taylor
Everton are interested in signing Joe Hart and Juan Mata on loan, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim that the Merseysiders are keen on landing the two Premier League winners after they slipped down the pecking orders at Manchester City and Manchester United respectively.
It is said that Everton will only be able to bring in two Premier League loans and have an interest in temporary deals for both Hart and Mata.
Goalkeeper Hart’s City future has been plunged into doubt after he was dropped by Pep Guardiola in his first game in charge against Sunderland on Saturday.
The Mirror claimed on Monday morning that Everton are keen to make Hart their first-choice goalkeeper even though they have already signed Maarten Stekelenburg from Southampton this summer.
Everton have also been strongly linked with a move for Mata after Jose Mourinho was appointed the new United manager.
The Spaniard started and scored for United in their 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday but Mourinho cast doubt over Mata’s Old Trafford future after subbing the midfielder less than half an hour after bringing him on in the Community Shield win over Leicester.
The Telegraph state Hart was dropped because he doesn’t fit Guardiola’s ideal of a sweeper-keeper, and that the England international now fears he will be leaving the Manchester club.
It is said that the England believes the new City manager is preparing to sell him before the transfer window closes a fortnight on Wednesday.
The Sun claimed earlier this summer that the Merseysiders are willing to pay £40million to land the Manchester City ace as well as offer him a five-year contract worth £200,000-a-week.
Stekelenburg was given the nod by Koeman to start in Everton’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Saturday and had a fine match.
Hart, 29, joined City from Shrewsbury in 2006 and has been a mainstay of the Premier League team during the Abu Dhabi era.
He is a firm favourite with City supporters for his leadership and commitment, and was a key player in the side that won Premier League titles in 2012 and 2014.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have agreed personal terms with an attacker after £22.5million-plus-£5.5million-add-ons fee is settled.