The Times have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move to sign goalkeeper Joe Hart after he became a free agent, following his release by Burnley – in order to adhere to homegrown Premier League rules.
Hart, 33, became a free agent earlier this summer after a two-year spell at Burnley came to an end. He has endured a difficult spell after being ousted by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City back in 2016.
He has since been on loan to Italian side Torino, West Ham United and then a permanent move to Burnley came about in 2018. But in two seasons at Turf Moor, Hart played just 24 times and conceded a whopping 48 goals.
Now a free agent, Spurs are keen to sign Hart. Rules allow just 17 overseas players in a 25-man squad, which meant Mourinho could only name 21. Hart earned £50,000 a week at Burnley, but Spurs are unwilling to match that.
With Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm departing, adding 75-time England international Hart would help solve the lack of homegrown players problem. Ben Foster could also be considered, if a move for Hart falls through.
Back in 2015 after Manchester City earned a 1-0 win over Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino was quoted by Goal as saying: “Joe Hart was brilliant. He was the man of the match, and the difference between the teams.”
TBR’s view – Hart would be a good addition at Tottenham
Spurs need a third-choice goalkeeper following the departure of Vorm. If they are able to bring in a goalkeeper with 75 caps for England and still with at least five years left in the game, on a free, then it is top business.
Hart has fallen by the wayside and needs game time to get back to his best. He needs to feel wanted by a club. At Tottenham, game time is unlikely to come his way – with Paulo Gazzaniga likely to be considered ahead of him.
For Tottenham, Hart as third-choice stopper – and potentially second choice – would be a good signing. But for Hart himself, surely he needs to join a club where he can play week in, week out?