Times: West Ham boost in two-times PL winner pursuit, deal can be sealed for £5m cheaper than rivals
By Harry Sykes
West Ham can sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart for £5million less than the Premier League elite, according to a report.
The Times claim that City’s top-four rivals will have to pay a premium if they want to prise the England No1 from Etihad Stadium this summer.
It is said that Hart will be “available for £25million to England’s elite and £20million to others”.
The Times name West Ham as one of the suitors for the 30-year-old, who has spent the season on loan at Torino after losing his first-choice spot following the arrival of Pep Guardiola last summer.
The 70-times England international will have two years left on his City contract this summer and is expected to leave the club permanently given the lack of faith of Guardiola.
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Two-times Premier League winner Hart joined the Manchester club in 2006 and has been one of their key players during the Abu Dhabi era.
But Guardiola sanctioned the arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona last summer and does not appear to regard Hart as a part of his plans.
West Ham are expected to be on the lookout for a new No1 this summer due to the inconsistencies of current senior goalkeepers Adrian and Darren Randolph.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club have reportedly lined up a £20million deal and placed a six-year contract on the table.