By Harry Sykes
A prominent football journalist has handed a massive boost to West Ham fans with the news that the Hammers are close to a year-long loan deal for Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
Jason Burt, Chief Football Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, posted a tweet to his official Twitter account on Thursday saying, “West Ham confident they will soon have a deal to sign Joe Hart”.
West Ham confident they will soon have a deal to sign Joe Hart on a season-long loan. Big signing for them
— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) July 13, 2017
This comes after West Ham were installed as favourites to sign the England international stopper by a leading bookmaker.
SkyBet put the Hammers at just 8/11 to sign the 30-year-old goalkeeper this summer.
The transfer would signal a return to the Premier League for Joe Hart, who was shut out at Manchester City when new manager Pep Guardiola arrived.
Guardiola reportedly didn’t rate Hart’s distribution and wanted a sweeper-keeper for his long-term plans at the Etihad.
With no takers in the Premier League last summer, Hart made a season-long move to Torino in Italy where he made 37 appearances but he only kept five clean sheets.
Despite this, he has been preferred as the number one keeper for England, although he sat on the bench for the most recent match – the 3-2 defeat to France.
Hart has 71 caps for his country and will be hoping that regular Premier League football will see him keep his place in the England first team ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers have tabled a second bid for this £75,000-a-week attacker.