Everton in talks to sign £120,000-a-week international star - report
By Tom Blackburn
Everton have opened talks with Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart about a loan move, according to a report.
The Mirror claims that Hart’s representatives have been give the green light to negotiate a move for the snubbed keeper to Everton.
Hart was dropped from the City team for their opening two matches of the season and he looks set to leave in search of first team football.
The Sun claimed on Friday morning that City would refuse to allow Hart to leave on loan, but the latest reports suggest they could succumb to the England keeper’s wishes.
Sevilla have also been strongly linked with Hart but newly-rich Everton have the funds to afford Hart and recently banked £47.5million from the sale of John Stones to City.
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La Liga side Sevilla would reportedly need assistance paying the 63-time England capped goalkeeper’s £120,000-a-week wages.
BBC reported on their live sportsday blog (10.05am) on Wednesday that Hart does not want to commit to a permanent move with just two weeks left in the transfer window.
The Mirror claimed on Monday that Everton are keen to sign Hart and make him their first-choice despite new signing Marteen Stekelenburg impressing in goal during his debut against Tottenham.
Pep Guardiola has preferred veteran Willy Caballero in goal for his new look City side and Hart could now be given the opportunity to restart his career at Everton.
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, a 27-year-old is close to agreeing a £50,000-a-week deal after £14million bid.