West Ham will not be cancelling the loan deal of England goalkeeper Joe Hart despite reported interest from Newcastle United in his signing, according to a report.
West Ham news outlet Claret and Hugh, who have established themselves as a reliable source of exclusive stories surrounding the club, claim that the Hammers have made the definitive decision to keep Hart at the club for the rest of the season, despite claims that they could cancel his season-long loan from Manchester City.
The Express had reported that David Moyes could cut the deal short during the current window after seeing Adrian replace the 75-cap international as his number one choice, with Newcastle said to be circling for his signature if he returned to City.
However, despite having been left out of the club’s starting XI for the last eight league matches, Hart is said to be going nowhere in January, having made 16 appearances for the club since joining on loan.
Football Insider verdict
Hart leaving the London Stadium always seemed to be unlikely and this report only confirms what most fans would have expected. While he may not be first choice at the moment, West Ham are currently in the situation where they know they have someone reliable in reserve, as demonstrated by his performance against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup. Injury, suspension or poor form could rule Adrian out of the starting XI in the blink of an eye, and as a Premier League class shot stopper, Hart would slot back in fine. It is why Newcastle are reportedly keen on his signing, and as such the Hammers cancelling his deal would only strengthen a rival.
In other West Ham news, one man is set to undergo imminent surgery after picking up an injury in the Shrewsbury draw.