Manchester City and England goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to undergo a medical at West Ham on Monday with a view to joining the Hammers on a season-long loan deal.
Hart spent last season on loan at Serie A side Torino after being told by City boss Pep Guardiola he was no longer No1 at the Etihad Stadium, while the Spaniard has since splashed out £34.7m on Benfica’s Ederson.
Should the loan move be completed, it is expected that City will part-fund a percentage of Hart’s wages and the agreement will include an option for West Ham to buy the 30-year-old.
Regular first-team football would be a major boost for Hart, whose City contract expires in 2019, as he bids to secure his position as England’s No1 for the World Cup in Russia in 12 months’ time.
West Ham are currently at a pre-season training camp in Austria as preparations build for the new season, which for them starts on 13 August against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and skipper Mark Noble believes Hart has been mistreated in recent years.
“I’ve known Joe for a long time, we played for England Under-21s together years ago,” said Noble.
“In my opinion, he has been a little bit hard done by in recent years. He has been fantastic for England and for his club for the last 10 years and he probably deserves a little bit more respect.”
City, meanwhile, have offloaded winger Nolito, who has joined La Liga outfit Sevilla on a three-year deal for a fee in the region of £7.9m, while Guardiola is closing in on the signing of Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy.
Forward Clinton Njie, who failed to start a Premier League match, has joined Marseille on a permanent deal from Tottenham.