Report: Everton to make another move for £120,000-a-week ace after he rebuilds reputation
By Harvey Byrne
Everton are looking at making another move for goalkeeper Joe Hart after summer interest, according to a report.
The Sun has claimed that the 29-year-old’s impressive form for loan club Torino has caught the eyes of the Toffees, alongside Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The England international pulled off a stunning save for his country to ensure a clean sheet and a point in a 0-0 draw against Slovenia earlier in October.
He has also made six appearances in Serie A following his temporary move from Manchester City in the summer, conceding five goals and helping his side to remain unbeaten in their previous five encounters.
It is stated that the Merseysiders were interested in Hart in the summer, when he was eventually forced out of the Etihad, but a fresh challenge in Italy, where he could not help one of City’s rivals, was preferred.
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However, the goalkeeper does currently earn £120,000-a-week on a contract which runs until 2019.
It is claimed that this would be a huge stretch for the Toffees, despite their new owner’s wealth and could cause a breakdown in negotiations.
Although, Hart did make it clear in the summer that he’d rather play than sit on Manchester City’s bench and with the 2018 World Cup now looming and his career winding down, he may accept a lower offer to secure first team football.
Everton currently have the experienced Maarten Stekelenburg as their number one, while Chelsea have the impressive Thibaut Courtois, which could also factor in Hart’s decision if the two club’s do get involved in a bidding war.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees could be set to make a move for Sporting Lisbon star defender Ruben Semedo.