The Daily Record have claimed that Celtic are set to stage a second round of talks with free agent Joe Hart and his representatives this week – as the Hoops consider the former England ace as a replacement for Fraser Forster.
Premier League side Burnley have confirmed 33-year-old Hart will be released at the end of his contract, which officially expires on Tuesday. He has played just 24 times in two seasons for Burnley, conceding 48 times.
The 75-time England international has been somewhat nomadic since Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City saw the former Shrewsbury Town stopper shunted. The Record claimed over the weekend that Celtic were keen.
Now, the Record have claimed that Hart and Celtic have spoken about a move to the Scottish champions this summer – and a second round of talks is to take place this week. Spotrac claim he earns £45,000 a week at Burnley.
TBR’s view – Should Celtic complete move for Hart?
If the Hoops can arrange a deal that would see Celtic pay less than he is currently earning at Burnley, perhaps in the region of £30,000 to £35,000 a week – then he would be a stunning addition to Neil Lennon’s side.
But that is only if the Hoops cannot land Forster, first. Celtic must be prepared to sign Forster either permanently, or on loan for a second time. Only if they have exhausted every last avenue for Forster, then they should consider Hart.