The 30-year-old England goalkeeper finds himself relegated to the West Ham bench with Adrian, 31, currently in David Moyes graces.
Hart is enduring a torrid spell in his career following Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City. Locked into a contract on lucrative wages, Hart has been unable to find a permanent home after the Spaniard made it clear he was surplus to requirements.
A loan spell at Torino ended with the Italian club’s president declaring “they expected more” from a goalkeeper who is first-choice with his country. That position is under threat if Gareth Southgate is true to his word.
The England boss has made it clear to other players who are hopeful of being in his squad for the 2018 World Cup finals that they must be playing regular first-team football for their club sides.
Newcastle’s interest comes at a timely moment. While a deal is complicated as the Magpies must agree terms with Manchester City, the player and West Ham, Rafa Benitez has his own injury worries to deal with.
Rob Elliot is injured and likely to miss two more weeks at least, leaving Karl Darlow as the Magpies first-choice goalkeeper. While he ably deputised for Newcastle in the Championship title-winning season, Benitez believes he needs more experience with the Toon fighting relegation from the Premier League.