Report: Everton to table offer for Premier League winner within days, Koeman in pole position
By Alex Stevens
Everton are preparing to table an offer for Joe Hart this week, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Merseysiders will make their move for the axed goalkeeper after he was told by Manchester City to find a new club.
It is said that Ronald Koeman’s team are in pole position to land Hart as Liverpool are not in the running and a move to Sevilla is regarded as unlikely.
The report says Everton will make a bid to capture Hart on a season-long loan after City agreed a deal in principle to sign Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.
A loan deal would involve a multi-million pound fee as well as the need to subsidise the goalkeeper’s £120,000-a-week wages.
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Hart was dropped from the City team for their opening three matches of the season and he looks set to leave in search of first team football.
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 the team’s opening Premier League matches against Tottenham and West Brom.
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, Liverpool eye a 30-times-capped Holland international and the Toffees are interested.