Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is set for a medical ahead of a possible loan move to West Ham United.
Hart, 30, had spent most of last season on loan in Serie A with Torino after being told by Pep Guardiola in August he was no longer the No1 choice at Manchester City following the arrival of Claudio Bravo.
It was also clear that Guardiola is keen on having other players between the posts; when Willy Caballero left the Etihad this summer as a free agent and has joined Chelsea, the former Barca coach has since signed the Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica for £34.7m.
However, City will continue to pay some of the 30-year-old England goalkeeper’s wages, and that the loan deal will include a clause for West Ham to sign the player on a permanent basis at the end of the loan period.
Joe Hart’s contract with City does not expire until the summer of 2019 but he was keen to secure regular football in the season ahead to maintain his position as England’s No1 for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
“This shirt’s not mine,” he said in an interview last month. “It’s not nailed-on mine, it’s no one’s. We’ve got high-quality goalkeepers and I will have to be playing at the top level, to the maximum of my ability, even to get in the squad.”
“I am not a robot. Sometimes I do have thoughts about it (the uncertainty). But there is nothing to get down about.”
“It’s another exciting adventure, another move, the next step in my career, the next challenge for me personally. I love personal challenges. I have never shied away from one and I don’t intend to now.”