By Tom Blackburn
Everton have decided against signing Joe Hart on a season-long loan from Manchester City, according to a report.
The Mail claim Everton have withdrawn their interest in the England international due to the cost of the deal and the impressive form of Maarten Stekelenburg.
It is said it would have cost Everton in the region of £7million to take Hart for a season on loan, when his £135,000 per week wages were taken into account, and that kind of expenditure was not something to which they were prepared to commit.
Everton held preliminary talks with City about Hart’s situation but the decision was made on Monday not to pursue him before the window shuts.
The Sun claimed on Sunday that the Merseysiders would make their move for the axed goalkeeper after he was told by the Manchester outfit to find a new club.
It leaves Hart in a difficult position as Liverpool appear unlikely to make a move and Sevilla are said to be unable to afford to take the England goalkeeper on loan.
Hart was dropped from the City team for their opening three matches of the season and he is desperate to leave in search of first team football.
BBC reported on their live sportsday blog (10.05am) last Wednesday that Hart does not want to commit to a permanent move with just two weeks left in the transfer window.
Pep Guardiola has preferred veteran Willy Caballero in goal for his new look City side and Hart has been told to re-start his career elsewhere.
The England number one endured a difficult Euro 2016 campaign with some costly mistakes, as the nation were dumped out by minnows Iceland in the last 16.
Hart 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, they are in talks to sign a £15million striker that Steve Walsh has been tracking.