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Forget Hart: West Ham should land this 20-year-old Man City prospect this summer

The West Ham United fans have not been overly impressed with the performances of Joe Hart since he joined the club at the beginning of the season, but recent reports suggest that he could be set to continue his spell at the London Stadium next season. 

Joe Hart has suffered a saddening fall from grace in recent years, and after a multitude of high-profile errors it seems he will surrender his place as England’s number one goalkeeper in Russia this summer. As a youngster breaking through at Man City, Hart was tipped to become one of the world’s top keepers, and for a time he justified that opinion with some breath-taking performances both in the Premier League and the Champions League.

However, the quality of his performances have regressed in the past three seasons. Mistakes slowly began to creep into his game under Manuel Pellegrini and they have shown no signs of disappearing of late. Hart was culpable of making yet another clanger in West Ham’s crunch match against Stoke City on Monday evening when he dropped an effort from Xherdan Shaqiri into the path of Peter Crouch who put the Potters ahead.

Hart’s blushes were spared by Andy Carroll’s equaliser, but much to the surprise of the resident Hammers propping up our bar, his mistake has not deterred West Ham’s interest in signing him on a permanent deal this summer according to The Daily Mirror.

The report also claims that the club were impressed with the level of professionalism he showed after he was dropped for Adrian earlier in the season.

The faith they are showing in Hart is commendable considering the number of mistakes he has made in seasons gone by, but they should avoid signing him for another season and instead focus on landing Manchester City’s right-back Pablo Maffeo.

Maffeo is currently on loan with La Liga outfit Girona where he has been a regular starter for the club. Prior to his loan move, Maffeo was impressive whilst coming through the ranks at City and he made a lasting impression on the Citizens faithful during a handful of rare first-team appearances.

Considering Zabaleta is now 33-years-old and lacking the pace he once had, West Ham would be wise to boost their options at full-back by landing Maffeo this summer – a player who is also comfortable operating at right-midfield.

The 20-year-old may well be boosted into City’s first-team next season, but if Pep Guardiola decides to keep hold of Danilo this summer, West Ham should attempt to sign Maffeo on a season long loan deal.

West Ham fans – thoughts? Let us know below! 

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