Everton and Liverpool ready summer battle for 70-time capped international - report
By Harvey Byrne
Everton and Liverpool are ready to battle for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to a report.
Former senior Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has wrote for the Gambling Times that the Merseyside duo have both been eyeing young Sunderland stopper Jordan Pickford.
However, it is believe the experienced Hart is the first choice and both clubs will fight for his signature in the summer with the goalkeeper set to leave Manchester City in the summer once he returns from Italian side Torino.
Both the Reds and Toffees have been regularly linked with moves for the 70-time capped England international with the pair having their problems between the sticks.
But, it now looks as though they will make their moves for the 29-year-old in the coming months as he enters the final two years of his contract at City.
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Hart lost his place as the Manchester club’s number one after the appointment of Pep Guardiola and signing of Claudio Bravo despite helping the club to two Premier League titles.
He has since played in 29 matches for Torino in all competitions this season, keeping just six clean sheets while conceding a massive 48 goals.
Football Insider verdict:
Hart was clearly once one of the best goalkeepers in England, but something has changed with the shot stopper and whether it’s complacency or natural regression that’s seen his career take a tumble in the past year Liverpool should definitely steer clear. The Reds have their own issues in the back line, which don’t just fall on the man between the sticks, but after last summer’s singing of Loris Karius they can’t afford to take another chance on someone, which Hart now is. However, a move to a club like Everton where expectations aren’t as high and he can kind of go under the radar could be the best for his career. Therefore, the Toffees should do all that they can to secure Hart, while the Reds may be better off going for someone like Pickford.
In other Everton transfer news, here is why the Toffees must sign this Manchester United outcast in the summer.