Report: Everton lodge bid for £20m-plus Premier League star, top Bundesliga club interested
By Will Butcher
Everton have made a bid for Joe Hart after Manchester City agreed a deal to sign Barcelona stopper Claudio Bravo, according to a report.
The Telegraph now claims that the Toffees have lodged a bid for Hart after he was axed as the City No1.
The England goalkeeper is aware of an offer from Everton, who are willing to take the 29-year-old on loan or recruit him in a permanent deal.
The Telegraph report that Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund have also contacted City about Hart’s asking price, likely to be in excess of £20million, as they look for a long-term replacement for Roman Weidenfeller.
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This follows confirmation that Manchester City have signed Claudio Bravo for a fee worth up to £17million and aim to make him their number one.
The deal is set to spark a goalkeeper merry-go-round with Barcelona looking to sign Jasper Cillessen from Ajax for £12million.
The Dutch giants are set to bring in Newcastle’s Tim Krul on loan, according to the Daily Mail.
With less than 10 days left before the transfer window shuts on 31 August, it appears that Hart has played his final game for the club he has been at for the last 10 years.
Hart, 29, joined City from Shrewsbury in 2006 and has been a mainstay of the Premier League team during the Abu Dhabi era.
Now entering his tenth year with City, Hart is the Citizens’ longest-serving player in Pep Guardiola’s squad, and is just three games shy of 350 league and cup appearances.
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, this Belgian star should sign a new contract according to his countryman Kevin Mirallas.