England's Joe Hart
According to the Daily Mail, Everton are looking to secure an initial loan deal for Manchester City's out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart, who is believed to be 'weighing up his future'.
Hart, 29, has been City's first-choice goalkeeper for the last six years, and has racked up almost 350 appearance for the club having signed from Shrewsbury Town back in 2006.
England's Joe Hart celebrates
England's first-choice goalkeeper too, Hart has been one of the best stoppers in English football in recent years – but his future is now in some doubt.
Hart was left on the bench for Manchester City's clash with Sunderland on Saturday evening, with new manager Pep Guardiola preferring to start with Argentinian stopper Willy Caballero instead.
Manchester City's Joe Hart looks dejected
Hart is now believed to be considering his future at the Etihad Stadium amid suggestions that he isn't good enough with the ball at his feet to play in Guardiola's system – and one Premier League club appear to be keen on signing him.
The Daily Mail report that Everton are looking to snap up Hart before this month's transfer deadline, but are initially looking to secure a loan deal for the out-of-favour City star.
Hart may be allowed to leave if City can sign a replacement – possibly Barcelona's Claudio Bravo – and Everton are believed to be keen on bringing Hart to Goodison Park on a season-long loan deal, no doubt with a view to a permanent move if Hart doesn't have a long-term future under Guardiola.
Manchester City's Joe Hart warms up with Willy Caballero
Everton have signed Maarten Stekelenburg this summer having worked with manager Ronald Koeman at Ajax and Southampton, and the Dutchman enjoyed a fine Premier League debut against Tottenham on Saturday, making two key saves in the second half to earn the Toffees a 1-1 draw.
Yet, at almost 34 years of age, there are valid questions over whether Stekelenburg is a long-term solution for Everton having let Tim Howard leave for Colorado Rapids this summer – and whilst Hart would seemingly only be a loan deal to begin with, the doubts over his long-term future at City could mean he eventually becomes a permanent Everton player.
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