Noel Whelan has claimed that Tottenham have pulled off a major coup as they prepare to announce the signing of Joe Hart.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United striker suggested that the 33-year-old is still a “quality” player, and will be able to contribute for Spurs if and when he is called upon.
The former England number one has been without a club since his contract expired at Burnley earlier this summer.
As revealed by Football Insider, the keeper has agreed the terms of a two-year deal and is due to complete his medical today.
He will become the club’s second big-name signing in a week after they landed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for £15million rising to £19m.
Speaking about the imminent transfer with Football Insider, Whelan stated that Spurs have done well to engineer an agreement for such an experienced talent.
He said: “Given that it’s a free contract, I think that it would be a good deal for most clubs to have him.
“He’s got a lot of experience. Maybe they’re looking towards the younger players there, can he pass on his knowledge and some coaching skills? If he does want to go into coaching, he’d be at a fantastic club to do that.
“If it does turn out that he’s going to get a bit of game time, you still know that he’s a quality player. He’s not the same player he was back in the day, but I think once you get to a certain age, most players aren’t.
“What you are getting is a presence in goal, an international, he’s English, he knows the Premier League very well, and if he’s called upon, I’m sure Jose Mourinho would not be bringing a player into the club without feeling that he can contribute.”
Hart has 340 Premier League appearances to his name over the course of his career, keeping 127 clean sheets in the process.
He has struggled for game time in recent seasons, however, and was limited to just three outings for Burnley last term – all of which came in cup competitions.