Tottenham to bolster goalkeeping ranks with deal for Joe Hart

The former England goalkeeper Joe Hart is having a medical at Tottenham with a view to finalising a two-year deal at the club.

The 33-year-old is a free agent following his release from Burnley and would challenge Paulo Gazzaniga to be Hugo Lloris’s No 2 in north London, with Spurs looking for a third goalkeeper following Michel Vorm’s release last month.

Hart left Turf Moor on 30 June after two years at the club where he fell behind both Tom Heaton and then Nick Pope in the pecking order, making just three appearances in the 2019-20 campaign.

His career has stuttered since winning the Premier League title with Manchester City and winning 75 caps for England, as Pep Guardiola did not rate him and he was shipped out to Torino and then West Ham. But he could help solve a problem for Spurs as, under Premier League rules, clubs must name at least eight homegrown players in their 25-man squad and his English nationality would fill a slot.

If he wins the race to be Lloris’s understudy there will almost certainly be game time for him as Spurs face a hectic schedule in the opening weeks of the season. Europa League qualifying clashes with the early rounds of the Carabao Cup, meaning José Mourinho may have to put out an Under-23s team in the domestic competition.

Fabrizio Romano

Tottenham have reached an agreement with Joe Hart to sign him as a free agent, here we go 🤝

Spurs are also considering to open talks soon to extend Hugo Lloris contract. No chances atm to include Ivan Perisic in a swap deal with Inter for Ndombele. ⚪️ #THFC #Spurs #transfers

August 17, 2020

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