West Ham prepare offer for two-time Premier League winner - report
By Derek Smithson
West Ham are preparing an offer to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Hammers have put together a loan-to-buy deal for the 30-year-old, who Man City boss Pep Guardiola has deemed surplus to requirements at the Etihad Stadium.
It is understood the Londoners have prepared an offer in which Hart would move on a season-long loan before completing a permanent deal the following year.
The report details that West Ham would pay the goalkeeper’s £100,000-a-week wages for the first year and then fork out £18million for the England international.
Hart spent the last season on loan at Italian club Torino to enjoy regular fist team football and made 38 appearances across all competitions.
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The shot stopper is a proven player in England and has won the Premier League on two occasions with Man City.
Football Insider verdict:
West Ham are in desperate need of a top-class goalkeeper if they want to compete for the European spots and Hart would be a brilliant addition. The 30-year-old has proven himself to be one of the best in the Premier League and it would be a real statement of intent if the Hammer secured his signature. His position as England’s number one could also come under threat next year and playing for a Premier League side would help his cause. Hart is a vocal presence at the back and should add some real steal to Slaven Bilic’s vulnerable defence. West Ham need to put last season behind them and push back towards the top-end of the table and make use of their new stadium.
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