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Statement of intent: Leeds must make audacious move for £9m-rated PL outcast

According to a report in The Daily Mirror, Manchester City are willing to help goalkeeper Joe Hart find a new club this summer given his lowly position in Pep Guardiola’s pecking order. The 31-year-old has endured a testing few years after being deemed a surplus to requirements by the Citizens chief back in 2016, with it now looking as though he will indeed leave the Etihad Stadium for good this summer.

And given the dynamic between Guardiola and new Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa, the Whites should seek to make an audacious move for the available £9 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), in a bid to make a huge statement of intent ahead of the 2018/19 season.

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Ultimately, Man City chief Guardiola has an enormous amount of respect for Bielsa in the role he has played in his career, with the Spaniard deeming him the ‘best coach in the world’ back in 2017.

And reports last month suggested that the Citizens boss would help the Leeds coach out with possible signings this summer in a bid to help take the Whites back to the top-flight, and with Hart available for transfer, he’s one that could make his way to Elland Road.

As aforementioned, the England international has found things tricky in the last few years in loan spells at Torino and West Ham, to the point that he was left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, despite being the Three Lions number one for many years.

Clearly, the 31-year-old is nowhere near the level he showed for City in helping them win the Premier League title back in 2012 and 2014, but a fresh start somewhere could be exactly what he needs to get his career back on track, both for club and for country.

And while he may not be keen on dropping down to the Championship, a Leeds team seemingly heading in the right direction and full of optimism could be the ideal destination, not to mention the fact that the goalkeeping ranks were somewhat lacking in quality last term.

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Young shot-stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell ended the season with the gloves given the unconvincing efforts of Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan earlier in the campaign, and while the 21-year-old performed solidly, there are some concerns whether he has what it takes to perform at that level over the course of a long Championship season.

Whereas no such doubts are had regarding Hart’s ability after many years at the top, and Guardiola seemingly ready to help Bielsa with possible signings, the second tier outfit should seek to make an audacious move for the 31-year-old to make a huge statement of intent ahead of the new Championship season.

Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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