Birmingham emerge as shock new favourites to sign Manchester City's Joe Hart

A general view of the stadium ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Reading at St Andrews Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Birmingham, England.

The Manchester City goalkeeper spent a season on loan to Birmingham City earlier in is career.

Joe Hart goalkeeper of West Ham shouts instructions during the Carabao Cup Quarter Finals match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2017 in London,...

Birmingham City have emerged as shock new favourites to sign the Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart with Sky Bet.

Hart, who spent a season on loan at St Andrew's earlier in his career, is now 2/1 to head to Birmingham this summer, with any MLS club (4/1), Nice and Rangers (both 8/1) also listed among the likely destinations.

The 31-year-old is expected to leave the Premier League champions this summer, after entering the final year of his contract - the past two of which have been spent on loan to other clubs.

And Birmingham could be looking for reinforcements in goal, with David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak thought to be unwanted at St Andrew's.

David Stockdale of Birmingham City looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Andrews on December 4, 2017 in Birmingham,...

That said, the Mirror reported earlier this week that the Blues have been placed under a transfer embargo, which if true would make Hart's signing unlikely.

And even if that proves to be false, the former England number one's Manchester City wages - which are around £87,000 a week according to the MEN - could prove difficult for Birmingham to afford.

Could Hart leave Manchester City for Birmingham?

A general view of the stadium ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Reading at St Andrews Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Birmingham, England.

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