By Alex Taylor
Ronald Koeman has hinted that Everton may be in the market for Joe Hart – and there has been a mixed response from fans on Twitter.
The BBC Sport website are one of numerous media outlets who have reported that he is ready to leave Etihad Stadium after being dropped for both of their games this season.
The shot-stopper has been on the bench for both of City’s games this season and, while Koeman refused to comment directly on the link, he did not deny interest as he said that Everton need three goalkeepers.
Koeman said, as quoted by The Guardian: “We need three goalkeepers. We have Joel [Robles], we have Maarten [Stekelenburg] and we have a young goalkeeper. We don’t like to stop the development of our young players. This is the decision we need to make.”
Supporters had a varied reaction to the reports with some claiming he would be a brilliant addition, while others just took the opportunity to mock Hart’s recent involvement in shampoo adverts.
Here are a selection of the messages from fans on Twitter:
— Paul Wassell (@wassellrugby) August 17, 2016
@BBCSport might as well as he won’t get any games under pep. No no no no no no no no no. There’s no chance.
— jason read (@Jayread1Jason) August 17, 2016
@BBCSport anywhere rather than sitting on he bench
— Karen (@KJL1911) August 17, 2016
— Dunners1905 (@Dunners1905) August 18, 2016
joe hart would be elite for everton
— eric (@thundernonk) August 18, 2016
With just two weeks left before the window shuts on 31 August, it appears that Hart has played his final game for the club he been at for the last 10 years.
The Sun claimed earlier this summer that Everton 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.
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.
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