As Tottenham complete the signing of Joe Hart on a free transfer after numerous reports, the acquisition of a 75-cap international would usually have supporters excited – and the keeper’s pedigree on a free deal should have certainly warranted positive reviews.
Hart, who has been without a club since leaving Burnley in June after the Clarets opted against renewing his contract, was desperately on the hunt for a new team over the summer – even appealing to potential suitors in a candid interview with BBC Sport.
Now, after the shot-stopping titan urged clubs to ‘believe‘ in his abilities, Spurs have jumped forward with an offer to take Hart on their payroll – with the Englishman set to become a back-up to Hugo Lloris.
Is Joe Hart's signing a great bit of business?
Yes, brilliant moves from Levy
After signing for Man City from Shrewsbury Town in a deal worth £600,000 back in 2006, Hart went on to become one of the Sky Blues’ bargains of the decade – starring in-between the sticks and winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup and a Community Shield during the dawn of the Sheikh Mansour era.
However, Pep Guardiola’s appointment also brought the need for a sweeper keeper, resulting in Hart being axed from the squad and sent out on dismal loan spells to Torino and West Ham.
Sean Dyche’s Burnley managed to snap up Hart, but it was a short-lived career in Lancashire, with Spurs now opting to give the keeper a chance as Lloris’ understudy.
While the 33-year-old has had a tough time of late, his trophy-winning pedigree and experience on the biggest stages should have supporters buzzing over this free transfer. He was even once called ‘phenomenal‘ by Lionel Messi (Sky Sports).
A seasoned international who has seemingly done it all, Spurs and Daniel Levy could do far worse and everything points to this piece of business being something of a masterclass from the head honcho.
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