'I've talked to Sean Dyche...' - Exclusive: Brown insight on potential Leeds signing
Michael Brown claims Leeds United will be forced to wait to see if they can sign Joe Hart on a free transfer from Burnley this summer.
The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the Coronavirus pandemic has thrown transfer and contract plans up in the air in England.
The 6ft 5in giant’s £70,000-a-week deal at Burnley is set come to an end this summer, leaving him free to move clubs for nothing.
However, Brown believes that the uncertainty caused by the suspension of football in England could throw a spanner in the works of any potential deal.
Brown told Football Insider: “Joe Hart, I’m sure, will want to keep playing football somewhere. It hasn’t gone the best for him in the last couple of seasons, he’ll feel he still has something to contribute.
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“He’s had an outstanding career, hasn’t he? He’s well respected, it hasn’t gone well for him in the last year or two but I hope he’s still hungry to continue his career.
“Joe’s obviously out of contract, I had a conversation with Sean Dyche, we did a thing regarding his players out of contract, he hasn’t really talked to them and said whether he is or isn’t going to offer players contacts. He’s Burnley’s player, we don’t know if these deals are going to get rolled on.
“Until FIFA or UEFA or whoever it is tell us when these deals are going to end, we don’t know. The way it’s looking, we just don’t know when this window’s going to be.”
Hart has played just three times across all competitions this season, acting as understudy to Nick Pope.
Leeds currently have Kiko Casilla and loanee Illan Meslier as their senior options between the sticks.
In other Leeds United news, Brown has tabled a solution to cover a “massive” loss at Elland Road.