'Strange one' - Exclusive: Ex-Spur reacts after Tottenham agree terms of new signing
Darren Bent admits he would have loved to have seen Joe Hart sign for a club where he was going to play regularly instead of Tottenham.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has revealed his disappointment that the 33-year-old is set to continue playing second fiddle to Hugo Lloris.
Spurs confirmed on Tuesday that they had signed the 75-cap shot-stopper on a free transfer after he put pen to paper on a two-year deal in north London.
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Hart fell behind the likes of Tom Heaton and Nick Pope in the pecking order at Burnley and made just 24 appearances during his two-year spell at Turf Moor.
Bent believes that the former Manchester City star should have sealed a move where he was guaranteed to play, even if that meant dropping into the Championship.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a strange one because some people are saying it’s just for the English quota which I think’s a bit ugh.
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“For Joe Hart, he’s obviously gone down there, at a big club like Spurs, I don’t know how much game time he’s going to get but he maybe feels he could challenge Gazzaniga for the number two spot so good luck to him.
“I’d have loved to have seen him go somewhere and play – if those options weren’t in the Premier League maybe drop down to the Championship and play regularly, I’d have loved to have seen him do that.
“I really do like him, I think he’s got a lot to offer. I know he’s had a bit of a tough time the last couple of years. Even if he had to the Championship and start again, it might have benefitted him in the long run.”
Hart has a total of 340 Premier League appearances under his belt, as well as two league winners medals from his time at City.
Spurs confirmed earlier this summer that Michel Vorm, who left last summer only to be re-signed in October, had once again departed the club.
In other Tottenham news, it can be revealed the club are confident of a new attacking signing next week.