England goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to join London side West Ham United on a season long loan spell from Manchester City as per reports from the Guardian. The 31-year-old was stripped of the No1 choice for the goalkeeping role at Manchester City by manager Pep Guardiola last summer after the arrival of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.
Hart spent the last season on loan at Serie A side Torino, where he failed to make a major impression under the sticks. With Guardiola now having signed Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica for £35m, Hart is deemed surplus to requirements at the Etihad.
The Englishman has a contract with City till 2019 and would have loved to secure a permanent move away from Manchester. However, with the 2018 World Cup just around the horizon, a move to West Ham will help him secure enough game time which would brighten the chances of keeping his No1 position for the national side.
The BBC report that Hart will undergo a medical on Monday ahead of his move to the Hammers. Sky Sports, too, have confirmed the developments through their official Twitter handle.
BREAKING NEWS: Joe Hart is set for a medical on Monday ahead of his planned move to West Ham, according to Sky sources #SSN
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) July 16, 2017
Hart would bring his vast experience in the Premier League for the Hammers and would be a calming presence behind the back four for Slaven Bilic’s side. Moreover, he would be a definitely an upgrade over Adrain and Darren Randolph, and is expected to be the No1 choice at the Olympic Stadium.
Hart would also be desperate to prove his critics wrong with his performance, Pep Guardiola in particular, who has reservations about his shot stopping ability and playing out from the back. It thus promises to be exciting times for West Ham and English fans in general who would love to see a ‘loanee’ start for the national side in Russia in a year’s time.