By Dominic Toner
Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Everton will not sign Joe Hart this summer.
The Everton manager has revealed to Sky Sports on Thursday afternoon that the Merseyside club have “no interest” in Manchester City goalkeeper Hart despite widespread speculation that he could move to Goodison Park this summer.
BREAKING: Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he has “no interest” in Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 25, 2016
It has been speculated that Hart, who was selected to start City’s 1-0 Champions League play-off second leg win over Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday night in what he admitted afterwards could be his farewell match, could leave either on loan or in a permanent deal.
The Sun claimed on Sunday that Everton would make their move for the axed goalkeeper after he was told by the Manchester outfit to find a new club.
However, the Mail claimed on Monday that the Merseysiders had taken a step back in 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 they were prepared to commit to.
It leaves Hart in a difficult position as Liverpool appear unlikely to make a move and La Liga club Sevilla, also linked with the shot-stopper, have ruled out a move.
The England number one endured a difficult Euro 2016 campaign and made 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.
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo is expected to complete his move to Manchester City imminently, leaving Hart low in the pecking order behind the new arrival and Willy Caballero.
Koeman has snubbed a move for Hart and is trusting his current crop of goalkeepers Stekelenburg and Joel Robles to be good enough for Everton this season.
In other Everton transfer news, they have submitted an offer for a Premier League defender who has played under Ronald Koeman.