International ace weighs up move as Everton revive bid - reports
By Tom Blackburn
Joe Hart is considering a move from Manchester City to Serie A side Torino, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that Hart is weighing up a switch to Italy conscious that his career could be seriously hampered if he fails to leave by the end of the transfer window.
The Sun claimed on Sunday that Everton were set to revive their pursuit of the Manchester City goalkeeper days after Ronald Koeman said he had “no interest” in the player.
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It is said that Everton are trying to find a buyer for keeper Joel Robles, who is available for £6million and is a “serious option” for Sunderland, who have lost No1 Vito Mannone to injury.
Sunderland are also said to be interested in bringing Hart to the club but the Guardian claim that the north east club are not an option for the England stopper even though established No1 Vito Mannone has been ruled out for a minimum of three months.
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The Toffees would be keen to use the money from a Robles sale to either buy Hart from City or take him on loan. It was said they prefer the latter option, but the Manchester giants may push for a permanent deal.
It is a complicated transfer because of Hart’s wages, which the Sun report says amount to an eyewatering £175,000-a-week.
It has been widely reported in recent week that Hart, who was selected to start City’s 1-0 Champions League play-off second leg win over Steaua Bucharest on Wednesday night in what he admitted afterwards could be his farewell match, could leave either on loan or in a permanent deal.
The Sun claimed that Everton had lined up the axed goalkeeper after he was told by the Manchester outfit to find a new club.
However, it was subsequently reported that the Merseysiders had taken a step back in their interest in the England international due to the cost of the deal and the impressive form of Maarten Stekelenburg.
It leaves Hart in a difficult position as Liverpool appear unlikely to make a move and La Liga club Sevilla, also linked with the shot-stopper, have ruled out a transfer.
The England number one endured a difficult Euro 2016 campaign and made 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.
Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo completed his £17million to City this week, leaving Hart low in the pecking order behind the new arrival and Willy Caballero.
In other Everton transfer news, Premier League giants eye a move for a Toffees midfield target.