Joe Hart wants to join Leeds United on a free transfer and is willing to take a pay cut if the Whites are promoted, according to an exclusive from Football Insider.
The former England goalkeeper is prepared to reduce his salary demands in order to stay in the Premier League and is keen to switch to a brand new club with big ambitions.
Hart’s career has spiralled into a decline after being deemed surplus to requirements by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, as he has found himself below Nick Pope in the pecking order at Turf Moor this season.
After arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Shrewsbury Town for £810k, the Englishman went on to make 348 appearances for City, lifting the Premier League trophy twice, as well as picking up the FA Cup and two League Cups during his time in Manchester. Hart has featured in 340 games in the English first division, keeping 127 clean sheets, taking 391 high claims, and completing 180 sweeper clearances (via the official Premier League website).
A source told the outlet that the 33-year-old veteran wants to hold talks with Leeds United officials to discuss a potential move to Elland Road in the summer.
While there is no doubt Marcelo Bielsa is in the market for a new keeper, as Kiko Casilla’s future remains uncertain, the Peacocks may be better off looking elsewhere.
It is fair to say Hart is well past his prime, as, given his age, he is surely entering the twilight of his career. Indeed, he has made just three appearances for the Clarets in all competitions this term, yet still conceded 7 goals in total.
Instead, the board should be hunting for a younger shot-stopper, who can forge a relationship with Bielsa and learn from his tactics in the long run. That man could even be current loanee Illan Meslier, who reportedly could join permanently for £6m at the end of the season (Daily Mirror, via Express).
All things considered, this is a move Andrea Radrizzani should avoid at all costs.
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