By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Everton are plotting a sensational summer move for England goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to a report.
The Sun claim 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.
The astonishing package said to have been put together by Everton’s super-rich new owner Farhad Moshiri is worth £92million in total.
This would not only comfortably shatter the club’s transfer record, which is the £28million they spent on Romelu Lukaku in 2014, but also make Hart easily the best-paid player in Everton’s history.
Iranian billionaire Moshiri is ready to spend big on City star Hart in the hope that incoming manager Pep Guardiola can be persuaded to sell.
Hart’s future at City has been cast into doubt by rumours that Guardiola wants a keeper who is better equipped for the passing game he wants to install at Etihad Stadium next season.
Moshiri means business on Merseyside and has reportedly already set Everton’s bid in motion as he makes the England No1 the team’s top transfer target this summer.
The Merseysiders have sold Tim Howard and his replacement Joel Robles has failed to convince since replacing the American in goal.
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 news, a Premier League manager has been paid £4million to snub the Merseysiders and accept a new post.