Joe Hart off to Sunderland?

Joe Hart

Sunderland look set to offer an escape route to unsettled Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. The England international will be loaned out for the rest of the season after he failed to convince Pep Guardiola of his abilities.

The 29-year-old is currently on the fringes of the first-team after the £15.2m arrival of Claudio Bravo from Spanish giants Barcelona.

According to The Mail, the Englishman could be headed for a move to Wearside with David Moyes seemingly keen on his signature. The Black Cats are short in the goalkeeping department after Vito Mannone damaged his elbow ligaments in training (out for three months), and this leaves an inexperienced Jordan Pickford owning the gloves.

Nevertheless, the Shrewsbury Town academy graduate does have some reservations on joining a relegation-threatened side, and will consider all possibilities ahead of next week’s deadline.

Hart has made some notable blunders over the years, but his mistake against Iceland at the European championships was the ‘nail in the coffin’ to his City career.

Manchester City will pay a major chunk of Hart’s wages, no matter which club he joins on a temporary basis this summer.

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