Sporting Lisbon have offered Joe Hart the opportunity to get his career back on track after a poor season at West Ham which saw him left out of England’s plans for the World Cup, according to the Star.
The Star report that the Portuguese giants are set to lose current first-choice goalkeeper Rui Patricio to Napoli, who have just appointed former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.
They also claim that Hart earns around £140,000 per week but that has not put Sporting off making him the man they want to replace Patricio between the sticks after West Ham passed up on the opportunity to sign the Englishman.
They also report that as the stopper has just one year left on his current Manchester City deal, negotiations with Sporting will also concern money remaining on that contract as well.
The Daily Mail report that Hart will turn down the opportunity to move to Sporting in order to fight for a move to the Premier League.
However, a move away from the goldfish bowl of English football may not be such a bad thing for Hart as he seeks to rediscover some form and confidence before making an assault on the Three Lions squad again.
Gareth Bale has shown that having a willingness to gamble on going abroad and then adapt once you’re out there can bring about great success; he is arguably Britain’s greatest active footballer.
Ademola Lookman and Reece Oxford are two examples of English youngsters flourishing abroad too and an old hand like Hart should not be worried about moving overseas also.