Liverpool alerted by Joe Hart contract situation at Man City

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Liverpool are reportedly chasing Joe Hart, as the Manchester City goalkeeper is yet to sign a new contract at Eastlands, reports the Metro.

The 27-year-old joined City in 2006 and is currently the number one 'keeper at the club. However, with just under two years remaining on his deal, Hart has not been offered a contract to extend his time at the current Premier League champions.

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"Anything about a new contract is news to me," Hart said to reporters.

"I’ve heard nothing. I’ve got a year, nearly two years, left on my deal. That is all I am aware of."

Liverpool alert

That has put Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on red alert for the England International and he seems keen to sign him.

Hart was dropped last season by manager Manuel Pellegrini after a string of poor performances for both club and country, however battled to regain his place back in the net. 

City also signed  Willy Cabellero this summer from Malaga, linking up with his former manager when the two worked together at the Spanish side. He is yet to make a Premier League appearance for the Manchester club, however the Argentine is constantly breathing down Hart's neck for a place in the City starting XI.

LFC goalkeeper problem

There is currently a shot-stopper problem at Anfield. Simon Mignolet was drafted in from Sunderland in 2013 to replace Pepe Reina, however he has failed to cut the mustard.

The Belgian had a rocky first season at Anfield, making some high profile mistakes and costing Liverpool several points, including the 2-1 loss the City on Boxing Day. That error effectively handed the Premier League to them, as they finished two points clear of the Reds.

He has also already made several mistakes this season, most recently for Diafra Sakho's goal during the Reds' 3-1 loss to West Ham United, when Mignolet was chipped far too easily.

The 26-year-old looks tentative in goal, especially from set pieces when coming to collect the ball. He also failed to command the Liverpool defence who are yet to form a partnership together and need someone to instruct them at times.

May miss out

Rodgers, nonetheless, could miss out on Joe Hart. There are rumours that former Barcelona goalkeeper, Victor Valdes, is set to sign a contract with the Reds in October.

Despite being a free transfer, the Spaniard will have a high wage demand and signing on fee.

Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, could also be reluctant to give Rodgers any more funds this season. The Northen Irishman spent over £100M in the summer transfer window, and signed Mignolet for £9M - for John W. Henry to give the club more money would be highly unlikely, especially if Valdes does sign.

City would also likely have a lot of interest from club's chasing for Hart's signature. It makes no sense that the club would be reluctant to sell to a club who they see as title challengers and instead let Hart - if he does leave - go abroad.

Good signing

If the rumours are true and Liverpool ink a deal with Hart, it would be a superb purchase.

Hart is an old-fashioned goalkeeper who gets his basics right. He commands his defence and that is something missing at the back at Anfield recently.

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