Report: Bilic given go-ahead to sign £100,000-a-week ace, West Ham senior player to leave
By Will Butcher
West Ham have thrown their hat into the ring for Manchester City’s £15million-rated star Joe Hart, according to a report.
The Sun claim the England international is at the top of their goalkeeper wishlist, as Spaniard Adrian looks set to leave east London with less than six months remaining on his contract.
It is believed that Adrian will be allowed to leave the London Stadium if an offer comes in for him, rather than activating a clause in his current deal that will extend his contract for another two years.
Currently on loan at Serie A side Torino, Hart could be recalled this month if manager Slaven Bilic decides to act now and bring him back to England.
The Sun report that West Ham have given Bilic the go-ahead to pay Hart’s £100,000-a-week wages, as well as the £15million fee needed to sign him.
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The 29-year-old has proved to any potential suitors that Pep Guardiola was wrong to let him leave City this season, as he excels between the sticks in Turin.
But a move back to England is likely to be preferred by the Shrewsbury Town trainee, as he looks to remain as Gareth Southgate’s number one goalkeeper for the Three Lions.
Winning two Premier League titles during his time at City, the 68-time international has kept five clean sheets in 18 games for Torino as they sit in eighth position.
If a move for Hart fails, then the Hammers will target either Chelsea’s out-of-favour ace Asmir Begovic or Liverpool’s Belgium international Simon Mignolet.
Football Insider verdict:
Manager Bilic must do all he can to bring Hart to London. West Ham need a marquee signing that will see them rise to the next level, and the England goalkeeper is just that. Bringing him in will more than certainly see Adrian leave the Hammers, with Ireland international Darren Randolph returning to the substitutes’ bench after displacing the Spaniard earlier this season. The signing of Hart will be a huge coup for West Ham if they can pull it off, but they are likely to find plenty of Premier League and European rivalry for Hart’s signature if they try to sign him this month or in the summer.
In other West Ham transfer news, a third bid has been made for Brentford’s Scott Hogan.