With Joe Hart set to run down his loan-deal at West Ham on Sunday after the last game of the season, the England stopper will head back to parent-club Manchester City and is expected to be shipped out again - with a permanent transfer in the summer likely. We look at the Joe Hart next club odds market with clubs in Scotland and in the English Premier League all looking at the 31-year old to become their new number one next season.
Hart’s time at in East London has not gone to plan, having been in and out of the squad after failing to impress manager David Moyes, and as such will see his spot in England’s World Cup squad cast into doubt. Having been out on loan at Torino and West Ham in successive season, a permanent move ahead of the next season will surely add a bit of assuredity to Joe Hart’s overall game - being wanted as a club’s number one for more than just a one season loan will surely be a factor to future performances for the stopper.
So who are the frontrunners according to Paddy Power bookmaker? Interestingly Celtic are the current favourites with the Scottish champions looking to go bold this summer, likely in response to the hype around Steven Gerrard’s appointment at rivals Rangers, and also their ambitions to go one step further in the Europe where they crave progression. Odds of 7/2 (4.50) are on-offer for Hart to sign for Celtic in the summer.
It’s no surprise to see West Ham in the market with odds of 4/1 (5.00), but if the last few Premier League games are any indication it won’t be an option for Hart, considering he’s been back on the substitutes bench behind Adrian. If David Moyes isn’t the manager of the club in the summer then the door may be open for a return, but at this stage of his career it’s safe to assume he would want to be a club’s number one.
Roy Hodgson worked with Hart when England manager and knows the keeper’s game inside out after managing him for a number of years. Crystal Palace will want to kick-on after a season of fighting off relegation and a big name goalkeeper signing like Hart could just be the kind of move that Hodgson will want - adding core English experience at the Eagles. Paddy Power price a move to Selhurst Park at 7/1 (8.00).
Newcastle are an option too, but with Martin Dubravka impressing on-loan and a potential deal to bring him in permanently, it would be hard to see Hart overtaking a goalkeeper that has seriously impressed since arriving on-loan in January. Rafa Benitez’s side are seen as 10/1 (11.0) outsiders to do a deal to bring the England goalkeeper to Tyneside in the close-season.
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