West Ham should target 68-capped international goalkeeper to help improve woeful defensive record

England's Joe Hart and Jordan Pickford during training

West Ham United have endured a miserable start to their 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

The Hammers' problems in the goalkeeping department have been highlighted by their appalling record of 24 goals conceded in 13 Premier League outings so far this season - the fourth worst defensive record in the division.

It could be argued that West Ham have two of the weakest goalkeeping options in the Premier League with Adrian and Darren Randolph, although that is probably a little harsh on the latter.

If they are to reach the heights that both their fans and owners believe they are capable of, however, they must make the signing of a top-class international goalkeeper their priority over the next six months.

An ideal option for the East Londoners would be Manchester City loanee Joe Hart, who is currently plying his trade in Serie A with Torino.

England's Joe Hart during training Joe Hart 

The 29-year-old stopper is a fully established international with England, and has played at the highest level on a consistent basis for the past six years.

It is quite clear that City boss Pep Guardiola is not one of his biggest fans, however, after the Spaniard jettisoned Hart to Italy at the start of the season, after openly admitting that he wanted a goalkeeper who is more comfortable with the ball at his feet.

And so Hart's future at the Etihad remains unclear. With this being the case, West Ham should seriously consider a move for the 6 ft 5 in goalkeeper.

Manchester City's Joe HartJoe Hart in action for Man City

It is unlikely that his season-long loan in Italy could be cut short, so the Hammers should look to sign Hart in the summer.

To have any chance of luring Hart to the Olympic Stadium, West Ham must ensure that they remain in the Premier League this season, and if they do so, the potential signing of Joe Hart in the summer could be the springboard from which they start to genuinely realise their potential as a club.

England's Joe Hart Joe Hart in action for England

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