Joe Hart’s time at the Etihad is over, and a move on a season-long loan to West Ham will be his destination.
Hart has reportedly completed his medical with the club, and leaked photos of him wearing the kit all but confirm that his announcement is imminent.
Daily Mail Northern football reporter Jack Gaughan has stated that West Ham will be paying City around £4.5 million for the loan of Hart.
At face value, this seems like a huge amount of money, considering Hart can only play in a maximum of 36 games (he can’t face his parent club), which works out at £125,000 per game.
City manager Pep Guardiola made it immediately obvious that the 71 cap England international was not part of his plans in Manchester when he loaned the 30-year-old to Torino in Serie A last season.
Torino decided not to purchase Hart, with their president pulling no punches and confirming that the reason they chose not to extend his stay was that “he made too many mistakes” – with seven errors leading directly to goals during his time with the club.
Hart has been a City player since 2006, and has won 2 Premier Leagues, 2 League Cups and an FA Cup with the club.
His exit is one of a major goalkeeping reshuffle at the club, with Willy Cabellero moving to Chelsea, and Claudio Bravo reportedly also in the shop window, with Pepe Reina mooted as a replacement. They signed Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for £35 million earlier in the window, who is expected to be the first choice for the coming season.
Current West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph has today been linked with a move to Middlesbrough, with Hart’s addition making him surplus to requirements with the Hammers.