England goalkeeper Joe Hart to join Winston Reid's West Ham

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will play for West Ham United this season.
Lee Smith

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will play for West Ham United this season.

All Whites captain Winston Reid is set to have England goalkeeper Joe Hart behind him in the West Ham United goal for the upcoming English Premier League season.

English media outlets have reported Hart will join the Hammers on a season-long loan from Manchester City after being loaned to Italian premier league club Torino last year.

He was due to have a medical at West Ham prior to the move being confirmed, Sky Sport reported.

Winston Reid is still recovering from a knee problem and will miss a pre-season game for West Ham.
Peter Nicholls

Winston Reid is still recovering from a knee problem and will miss a pre-season game for West Ham.

Hart fell out of favour at Manchester City after City manager Pep Guardiola told him he was no longer his number one keeper after Guardiola signed Claudio Bravo.

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But Hart, who has won 71 international caps since 2008, has continued to England's first choice despite his exile in Italy.

His hopes of regaining his place at Manchester City, who he joined in 2006, were dashed after Guardiola signed Brazil's international keeper Ederson from Portugese club Benfica.

Hart, 30, had hoped to secure a permanent transfer from City, but The Guardian reported he had decided a season-long in the EPL would at least boost his England selection chances ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

 

He spoke of his need to be playing regular football during interviews on England duty last mont.

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"This shirt's not mine," he told reporters. "It's not nailed-on mine, it's no one's. We've got high-quality goalkeepers and I will have to be playing at the top level, to the maximum of my ability, even to get in the squad.

"I am not a robot. Sometimes I do have thoughts about it [the uncertainty]. But there is nothing to get down about.

"It's another exciting adventure, another move, the next step in my career, the next challenge for me personally. I love personal challenges. I have never shied away from one and I don't intend to now."

Spaniard Adrian and Republic of Ireland international Darren Randolph have been the first team keepers at the London club.

West Ham have already signed Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta from Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Reid, who is still recovering from a knee injury which forced him out of the All Whites' Confederations Cup campaign, is not available for the Hammers' pre-season game with FC Sturm Graz in Austria on Tuesday (NZ Time).

 

 

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