Everton withdraw from race to sign Joe Hart

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Last season, Joe Hart was considered as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League as he approached his 10-year anniversary at Manchester City.

However, his career is now in limbo after discovering that new City boss Pep Guardiola clearly doesn’t rate him.

Guardiola has opted for Willy Caballero for all of City’s competitive fixtures so far, leaving Hart to make do with a place on the bench.

But soon, Hart may not even be good enough for the bench with Guardiola set to sign Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.

But, with just over a week remaining of the transfer window, where does Hart’s future lie?

Everton withdraw from the race

The only Premier League club that have registered an interest is Everton. However, according to the Daily Mail, they’ve just made a big decision on the England international.

The Toffees had preliminary talks with City regarding Hart’s future but withdrew from discussions on Monday afternoon.

Ronald Koeman’s side discovered they would have to fork out around £7 million to take the 29-year-old on loan, with his £135,000-per-week wages being taken into account.

Therefore, with Maarten Stekelenburg and Joel Robles already at Goodison Park, Everton have decided that their need for Hart isn’t that imperative.

With Everton out of the race, it’s unclear where Hart will be playing this season. Sevilla were rumoured to also be interested but it seems they are more keen to sign Valencia ‘keeper Diego Alves.

Allardyce on Hart

While it’s looking increasingly likely that Hart may not be playing regular first-team football next season, England manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that it is a ‘concern’ for him.

"That is the problem for any player you want to select for England, not just in isolation, is that it'll be a concern if that player doesn't play for his team," said Allardyce. 

"You have to have doubts about that, but before I meet up with Joe I don't know where he lies in that process at the moment.

"When we pick the first squad and they meet up here there will be some lads who don't play on a regular basis. In the end, we select the players in the best form, [that] are fit and playing [but] can we get in the England squad ones who play every week? Probably not now."

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