The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern are eager for Rafael Benitez to secure a couple of January signings. The Magpies have had a tough first half of the season, and their Premier League safety is still far from secure. Clearly, then, they need to add a bit more quality to the team this month in order to ensure that they don’t drop back into the Championship next season.
However, the prospective signing of Joe Hart isn’t likely to be what most fans have in mind. According to ESPN, the Magpies are interested in the Englishman, with Benitez keen to solve his goalkeeping dilemma within his squad. However, there is a problem for the club, as there is apparently no break clause in Hart’s deal at West Ham – meaning that David Moyes will have to intervene to end the deal if Newcastle are going to get their man.
The Magpies have, of course, got quite the problem between the sticks at present, with Benitez’s options very limited. The Spaniard has just Elliot Darlow and young Freddie Woodman to choose from at present, and so the introduction of a fresh face makes sense.
However, Hart has had a tough season so far. The Englishman has failed to cement his place in the team at West Ham, with Adrian currently holding his place in the first team. That’s down to a poor run of form that Hart had between the sticks earlier this season, with Moyes changing things up upon his arrival.
In that sense, then, Moyes may be willing to move Hart on – but Newcastle bringing him in is a different topic entirely. Not only will that require shrewd negotiations, but Benitez will also have to consider whether he will really improve the situation at St James’ Park.
Newcastle aren’t a club that settle for second-best, and so a move for Hart makes little sense. He has looked really poor for West Ham this season, and whilst some of that can be put down to general poor form at the London Stadium, Hart must take some of the blame.
It’s tough to state firmly that he would be an upgrade on Karl Darlow, and so whether he is worth the risk really remains to be seen.
Given how many hoops United will have to jump through to get this one done, it makes little sense.
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