Would West Ham represent a good career move for Manchester City's Joe Hart?
Amid constant speculation linking him with a return to the Premier League, reports in the Telegraph suggest that West Ham may be the latest club to prepare a move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. Currently on loan in Serie A with Torino, the England number one is reportedly considering an offer which would take him to the London Stadium on the condition that they avoid relegation this season.
The 29-year-old has kept four clean sheets in 14 games for his new club and is enjoying life in Italy but is supposedly keen on a return to England next year, and has also been linked with the likes of Liverpool. Whether or not a move to east London would be a good career move is up for debate.
Last season’s first choice, Adrian, was one of Slaven Bilic’s victims of an appalling start to the season which has seen the Hammers keep just three clean sheets in 14 games with back up ‘keeper Darren Randolph now the preferred choice. The concern for Hart would be the challenge that playing behind such a poor defence would provide. With the likes of Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna, Slaven Bilic has some decent options to choose from but there is a lack of depth and quality, as Alvaro Arbeloa showed against Arsenal.
Whilst the Irons have shown signs of being able to compete for European football, they have not been in real contention for a trophy since they reached the FA Cup final in 2006. Their dismal attempts at Europa League qualification would do little to persuade the ex-Shrewsbury man either, falling at the qualification hurdle on both tries, and even reaching that stage seems a distant dream this season.
With Dimitri Payet also likely to depart in the summer if not before, it would seem that Hart could find a better option than the Hammers. There may not be a wide range of clubs interested in him at the moment, but the Hammers have been in shambolic form and could face life at the wrong end of the table for a while yet. At 29-years-old, Hart still has a number of years ahead of him and it would seem that he may be able to maintain his presence at the very top level for a little longer yet.
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