West Ham are close to completing the signing of Manchester City keeper Joe Hart on a season long loan after beating off competition from Newcastle, reports the Evening Standard.
Talks between the two clubs over the signing of the England international appeared to had broken down last month with City believed to want to sell the 30-year-old permanently, however a deal has now been agreed that will give the Hammers the option to buy at the end of the season.
Hart was frozen out of the Manchester City squad last summer by manager Pep Guardiola and subsequently spent the 2016/17 season on loan with Serie A side Torino. After his spell in Italy, Hart is now looking to revitalise his career in England away from the Etihad Stadium.
The move will represent good business for both Hart and West Ham, with Hart likely to be instantly installed as the Hammer’s number one, and the Hammers having to pay only half the players wages, with Manchester City covering £50,000 of his reported £100,000 per week wage bill.