West Ham United has completed a deal for Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, and is also on the verge of signing Stoke City forward Marko Arnautovic.
Hart, 30, will be linking up with the rest of the West Ham squad on their pre-season tour of Austria. He joins the London Club in a loan deal that could cost them £4.5m in total.
While the goalkeeper is set to earn £2.5m in salary from the London club, West Ham will also pay City a loan fee of £2m which goes to Hart to make up the shortfall in his weekly wage — allowing West Ham to keep their current wage structure.
Additionally, there is also no option to buy in the deal and, should West Ham want Hart next summer, they will have to bid for him like any other club.
“It’s important for me to play football and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome,” Hart told West Ham TV. “To be playing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I’m really looking forward to the season.”
“The club has got something about it, it’s got a lot history and I’ve always loved playing against West Ham. We’ve moved into London Stadium and we’ve got Slaven [Bilic] in charge who I’ve spoken to and I’ve always enjoyed as a manager.”
Hart had spent last season on loan at Torino after losing his starting place at City and Pep Guardiola has signed the Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for £34.7m for the upcoming campaign.
On the other hand, in West Ham’s deal to sign Austrian forward Arnautovic, the Hammers had already seen two bids rejected but it is understood Stoke have now accepted a fee in the region of £24m as the player himself was understood to be keen on a departure away from the club.
Arnautovic, 28, joined Stoke from Werder Bremen four years ago and is just 12 months into a four-year contract with the Potters, scoring seven times in 35 games in all competitions last season.