Perhaps accidental, but West Ham just loaning Joe Hart could be a masterstroke

England's goalkeeper Joe Hart celebrates their late equalizer during the group F World Cup qualifying football match between Scotland and England at Hampden Park in Glasgow on June 10,...

West Ham goalkeeper is yet to convince.

Joe Hart of West Ham gives instructions during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Southampton, England.

West Ham believed they had struck a bargain when they signed Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City for the season.

The former Premier League champion and England international was a player the Hammers would have signed permanently if City let them, but it may just have worked out for the best.

Hart is yet to convince for West Ham in the early stages of the season, and just having him on loan at this stage looks like a masterstroke whether they intended it or not.

Manolo Gabbiadini of Southampton scores his sides first goal past Joe Hart of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium...

The goalkeeper has conceded 10 goals in three Premier League games, the worst in the top flight, and does not appear to have improved the team in any way.

The Mirror report that West Ham have paid a £2 million loan fee and are paying £2.5 million towards Hart's wages this season.

That might be as rich as the Hammers should go if he does not help the team start picking up results.

Joe Hart of West Ham United looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Hart would cost the club a fee likely in excess of £10 million if they sign him permanently, and at this point West Ham should be glad they are just tied into paying his wages for this season, rather than the next three or four.

They can re-assess the situation at the end of the campaign, but the loan deal gives them this luxury.

Right now if they had splashed out to sign him on a permanent basis, West Ham might be worried they had made a poor investment.

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