By Will Butcher
West Ham received a huge boost in their pursuit of goalkeeper Joe Hart as Man City look set to reject Torino’s efforts to extend his loan deal, according to a report.
The Mail claim Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to cash in on the 29-year-old stopper instead of letting him leave on loan for another year, with Chelsea and Everton also said to be keen.
It is believed that Hart will be sold this summer and City are willing to accept a bid of around £15million for the England number one’s services.
Hart was ostracised by Guardiola earlier this season after not fitting in with the manager’s vision for the future at the Etihad.
It saw the ex-Barcelona boss bring Claudio Bravo to the Etihad, replacing Hart, who opted to jump ship, joining Serie A outfit Torino on loan.
Hart has caught the eye since his move to Turin, while City have struggled in the goalkeeping department as Bravo has failed to impress since his move from the Nou Camp.
The two-time Premier League winner has made 30 appearances for Torino this term, and has a contract with City until the summer of 2019.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham would benefit from a goalkeeper of the calibre of Joe Hart. The Hammers are set to lose Spanish goalkeeper Adrian whose contract expires in less than three months, and would see Hart as a top signing despite the form of Darren Randolph. It remains to be seen if Hart wants to rejoin a Premier League side, or if West Ham can afford his wages. But, there is no doubt, that Torino’s number 21 would be a quality signing for the Hammers, although they’re likely to face stiff competition for his signature.
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