By Danny Wright
West Ham are on the verge of completing the signing of goalkeeper Joe Hart from Manchester City on Saturday, according to a report.
Sky Sports claims on their live transfer blog on Saturday [09:01am] that the 30-year-old has completed a medical with the east London club and could become the Irons’ second summer signing following Pablo Zabaleta, who also moved from the Etihad following his release.
It is understood that Hart will join West Ham on a season-long loan deal, with the Irons having the option to make the deal permanent in the summer of 2018.
Hart’s future at the Etihad started to look bleak with Pep Guardiola’s arrival as manager last year.
Following a dismal display between the sticks for England at Euro 2016, the experienced international was shipped out on loan to Torino in Serie A after Claudio Bravo was brought in by the ruthless Guardiola.
Hart has won two Premier League titles with Man City and made 348 appearances for them across all competitions, keeping 137 clean sheets.
He would without doubt be the best goalkeeper Slaven Bilic will have in his squad next season, with Darren Randolph and Adrian his current options.
Football Insider Verdict
West Ham fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about so far in this transfer window. Zabaleta’s move to the London Stadium was good, but Hart’s signing is a massive signal of intent from the Irons, who need to try and push for a Europa League spot next season after a horrendous campaign last time out. Hart needs to revive his career somehow. He has been unfairly treated by Guardiola and is clearly a better goalkeeper than Bravo. Last summer’s European Championships were definitely a turning point for the England international and he struggled to bounce back at Torino. Hopefully Bilic’s support and playing back in his home country will prove to be a catalyst.