Everton a step-down for Joe Hart, says pundit

England's Joe Hart reacts after the game

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has been linked with a move to Everton in the summer transfer window.

Manchester City's Joe Hart warms up before the gameManchester City's Joe Hart

Former Arsenal and West Ham United striker John Hartson said on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, August 15, 2016) that moving to Everton would be a step-down for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Hart is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, but the England international has lost his place in the City starting lineup.

According to The Mirror, Everton are interested in signing the 29-year-old before the end of the summer transfer window.

Former Arsenal and West Ham striker Hartson believes that leaving City for Everton would be a step-down in the career of Hart.

Manchester City's Joe Hart punches the ball clearManchester City's Joe Hart punches the ball clear

“Everton are a great club, they are a big club, but it’s a step down from Manchester City, isn’t it, Everton?” said Hartson on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, August 15, 2016). “I am talking in terms of, you know, title challenges type of thing, you know.”

Manchester City manager Pep GuardiolaManchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Hart did not feature for City in their opening Premier League game of the season against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium at the weekend.

The former Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper was left on the substitutes’ bench again on Tuesday evening when Pep Guardiola’s side took on Steaua Bucharest away from home in Romania in the first leg of the Champions League playoff tie.

It is clear that City manager Guardiola does not rate Hart highly, and if the England international goalkeeper wants to play regularly this season, then he needs to find a new club.

John HartsonJohn Hartson

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