The forgotten man of English football is looking to move abroad to resurrect his career, according to a Daily Mail report.
Joe Hart, dropped to the West Ham United bench, is ready to walk away from the Premier League to ensure he keeps his England place. The 30-year-old, on loan from Manchester City, is aware that youngsters Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland are making strong claims this season to be England’s Number One for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Signed by Slaven Bilic, Hart fell out of favour with the Croat’s replacement David Moyes on his arrival at the London Stadium. Unable to reclaim his place and trapped by UEFA’s loan rules, Hart has no alternative but to sit tight in east London and wait for the opportunity to reclaim a place in the Hammers starting line-up.
Hart spent 2016-17 with Torino and is believed to have enjoyed his time there despite some critical comments aimed at him by the club’s president. If a deal can be struck over his wages, Hart would have no qualms about playing abroad again, according to the report.
His over-riding concern is protecting his spot in Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up. The England boss made it clear to Jack Wilshere among others, that if they aren’t playing for their clubs, they won’t be playing for their country either.
Time is not on Hart’s side this season.