News today in various papers that Manchester City are unwilling to loan out their England International goalkeeper Joe Hart and they only want to sell him this summer.
The price is reported to be around £18M and paying that amount for a goalkeeper this summer would seem to make no sense for Newcastle, since our goalkeeping position is hardly one of the weakest in the side.
There are many other positions that need to be strengthened before goalkeeper and we have three senior goalkeepers in Tim Krul, Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow who could get the job done for Newcastle next season in the Premier League.
Joe Hart on loan at Torino last season
Rafa Benitez would like to bring an experienced goalkeeper into the side but he surely doesn’t want to pay that much for Joe Hart, who didn’t have an outstanding season for Torino last term on loan and he looked a little uncertain in his recent displays for England.
It’s also very clear that Joe has no future at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola after joining the club back in 2006 from Shrewsbury Town and playing over 340 times for the club – there seems no sentiment in football – certainly none in the Premier League.
The other difficulty for Newcastle is that Joe is on a massive £120K/week in wages and he would become the highest wage earner at the club if the Magpies were to sign him this summer.
So the fact that City will not loan him out this summer probably will end any interest Rafa may have had in bringing Joe Hart to Newcastle.
But we will see.
Our best bet seems to be to bring in Pepe Reina from Napoli with his situation still not fully clear at the Italian club and he has refused a new contract and has just one year left on his current contract.
What do you think?
One of our readers Alex Wannop is completing in the GN 10K next Sunday and also the GN Run to collect funds for Tiny Lives, because the Trust provided lifesaving care for his son Isaac, when he was born by C-section and in some distress.
The Tiny Lives Trust funds the Special Care Baby Unit at the RVI where Alex’s son Isaac spent the first few weeks of his life.
Alex is appreciative of the work the great doctors and nurses did to save his son’s life and that’s why he’s raising money.
Please support this very worthwhile charity on Alex’s Just Giving page where there are pictures of his son Isaac – thanks.