The Dimitri Payet transfer saga has finally come to an end, with the unhappy France international sealing a £25m return to former club Marseille.
Despite his incredible talent, the 29-year-old’s recent behaviour means that few will be sad to see him go, whilst the signings of Jose Fonte and Robert Snodgrass suggest that West Ham are now looking to bring in players of unquestionable character.
Joe Hart certainly falls into that category and England’s undisputed no.1 is a serious summer target for the Hammers if reports in the Daily Express are to be believed.
Unwanted by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, the experienced goalkeeper has been impressing on loan at Torino in Serie A this term:
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|06/16 - 06/17||06/16 - 06/17|
In 20 top-flight appearances for the mid-table Italian outfit, the 29-year-old has kept five clean sheets, saving 72% of the shots that he has faced.
Darren Randolph has been performing at a similar level since taking over the gloves for Slaven Bilic’s side in the Premier League, but the opportunity to bring in a world-class custodian is not one that West Ham can afford to pass up.
Commanding in the air, capable of making some extraordinary saves and incredibly vocal, Hart has the sort of passion and drive that will resonate with many supporters.
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