West Ham United linked with England international: Is he worth the hefty wages?

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Manchester City outcast Joe Hart’s career has come to somewhat of a standstill, as he prepares to join yet another club on loan. This time, he’s being linked with a move to West Ham United, according to Sky Sports. Slaven Bilic has been on the lookout for a goalkeeper and while Hart may be the best one available, his wages are an issue.

The four-time Premier League Golden glove winner spent last season on loan at Italian Club Torino. He helped them finish a measly ninth position with some good and bad performances.

During the recent international break, after England’s 2-2 draw against Scotland at Glasgow, Hart admitted he had no offers on the table yet.

“I would love to give you a poker-straight answer, but I’ve got nothing at the moment because I think people are focused on international duty and respecting that players are focusing on international duty,” Hart said.

“Come Tuesday night, I don’t know how everyone else finishes after that is when conversations can be had and people can start being real.

“I need an offer first and then I need to work out my options if I have choices. I want to be playing at the highest possible level, pushing myself.”

Wages may become the sticking point were he to move to another Premier League club. The money pounds currently dished out by Man City is too steep for any other club to match.

Any move to another club in England will see Joe Hart taking a huge pay cut of about 75k pounds.

Player stats

Joe Hart had a season to forget in Italy last year, as he managed only 5 clean sheets from 36 appearances. He made 91 saves and had a passing accuracy of 67%.

In the Premier League, Joe Hart has 119 clean sheets from 302 appearances and 4 golden gloves to show for his services at Manchester City. (Via premier league)

What’ll he offer West Ham?

Hart is a much better option to have between your sticks than both of Adrian and Darren Randolph. He is great shot-stopper, one of the very best the League has ever seen. Slaven Bilic used his goalkeepers according to their performances last season, but in Hart, he could have a solid number one.

A fee of more than 15 million quid is too steep for Hart and even more so considering he is already 30. His spell at Torino hardly did him any favours after the criticism he received for his decision making. The Hammers need a solid keeper as their current crop are too inconsistent, but then Hart isn’t really one who has been all that consistent in the last few years. So it’s best to forget about him and move on.

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