Newcastle United supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team produce an excellent performance to see off Manchester United 1-0 at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Rafa Benitez’s men slipped into the bottom three prior to kick-off following Huddersfield Town’s 4-1 thumping of Bournemouth earlier in the day, yet the Magpies finally ended a run of no home league win in eight games with a deserved success on Sunday. Matt Ritchie’s effort midway through the second half was enough to secure a vital three points for the North East giants, a result which moved them up to 13th in the Premier League table and two points clear of the relegation zone with 11 games left.
As such, there have been many thrilled Magpies fans in the Tavern in recent times, and they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Mirror, which suggests that their club failed with a late January bid to bring Joe Hart to the North East.
The 30-year-old is currently playing his trade on loan at West Ham from Premier League leaders Manchester City, but hasn’t appeared for David Moyes’ side in the league since their 4-0 defeat at Everton back on November 29.
Spanish goalkeeper Adrian has since deputised and is doing more than enough to keep the England international out of the side, thus plunging Hart’s World Cup hopes into doubt with just six months until Gareth Southgate’s men get their campaign underway against Tunisia.
Yet recent reports suggest that Newcastle attempted to lure the 30-year-old to St James’ Park during the January window, with Benitez himself on the lookout for a goalkeeper following the unconvincing efforts of both Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot in the first half of the season.
Nonetheless, the Magpies reportedly failed with such move, yet given how well Martin Dubravka performed against United on Sunday, it’s news which is unlikely to frustrate our resident Newcastle fans too greatly.
Landlord’s verdict: Joe Hart’s World Cup dreams are very much in doubt given that he is not currently West Ham’s number one goalkeeper, with just 11 games left of the Premier League season.
Newcastle United reportedly tried to lure him to Tyneside during January in a bid to solve their own goalkeeping concerns, but were ultimately unable to do so and instead loaned in Martin Dubravka, who was outstanding against Manchester United on Sunday.
Thus, things aren’t looking at all good for Hart ahead of the summer, but there is still time for him to reclaim the gloves at the London Stadium in a bid to convince England manager Gareth Southgate of his capabilities once again.
Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!