According to report in The Mirror, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is keen to sign goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is currently on £120,000-a-week, this month after he lost his place in the team during a loan spell with West Ham United.
Well, The Mirror says that Benitez was keen to bring Hart in on loan from Manchester City during the summer as he looked for a new stopper, but he was beaten to the England international’s signature by West Ham.
However, The Mirror says that now the 30-year-old has lost his place to Adrian following some disappointing performances, the Magpies have made discreet enquiries to see if it will be possible to bring him to St James’ Park this month.
The report adds that it would take the Irons, Man City and the keeper to come to an agreement to bring an end to his temporary spell at the London Stadium, although his £120,000-a-week wages could prove to be a stumbling block.
He certainly hasn’t been at his best.
While some will feel a little sorry for him given he was playing in a struggling side when Slaven Bilic was manager, the 4-0 defeat at Everton under David Moyes proved to be the final straw for the Scot.
Hart’s poor clearance fell to Wayne Rooney, who scored from his own half in that clash, and the 30-year-old conceded 30 goals in his 14 Premier League appearances for the Irons before he was dropped.
There were certainly some of those that he will feel that he should have done better with, with Jose Izquierdo’s goal for Brighton earlier in the season one that sticks in the memory.
If he can recapture the form he showed for City earlier in his career then he certainly would, but it doesn’t seem likely right now.
Hart hasn’t impressed for club or country in the last couple of seasons, and while Benitez will feel that the 30-year-old would be an upgrade on Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow, it would still have to be seen as something of a risky move given the England international’s recent form and his potential wages.
That said, Hart will know that if he did move to St James’ Park that he would have to be at his best in the second-half of the campaign if the wants to start for his country at the World Cup, and that motivation could bring the best out of him and help Newcastle stay up.