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loan from Manch­ester City.

The 30-year-old spent last sea­son on loan with Torino after Pep Guardi­ola took over as City boss last year and Hart was told once again he was not in the Spa­niard’s plans.

West Ham is be­lieved to be pay­ing a loan fee of around $5.9 mil­lion for Hart and the deal does not in­clude a buy­back op­tion at the end of the 2017-18 sea­son. City has agreed to con­trib­ute to­wards Hart’s wages.

“It’s im­por­tant for me to play foot­ball and to get the op­por­tu­nity to come here and play is ab­so­lutely awe­some,” the ex-Shrews­bury stop­per told West Ham’s TV chan­nel.

“To be play­ing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the sea­son.

“We’ve moved into Lon­don Sta­dium and we’ve got Slaven (Bilic) in charge who I’ve spo­ken to and I’ve al­ways en­joyed as a man­ager.

“He ob­vi­ously did a good job with Croa­tia and he’s do­ing a good job here, so to get the op­por­tu­nity to come here, it wasn’t re­ally a hard de­ci­sion.”

Hart, whose City con­tract ex­pires in 2019, is ex­pected to join his new team­mates on a pre­sea­son tour of Aus­tria.

Szczesny switch

An­other keeper on the move is Ar­se­nal’s Wo­j­ciech Szczesny, with the Poland in­ter­na­tional on the brink of seal­ing a transfer to Ju­ven­tus.

The Ital­ian cham­pion con­firmed on Tues­day that Szczesny was in Turin for a med­i­cal ahead of a move worth up to $17.4 mil­lion.

The 27-year-old, who spent the past two sea­sons on loan at Roma, will likely serve as back-up to vet­eran Italy in­ter­na­tional Gian­luigi Buf­fon.

Szczesny last played for Ar­se­nal in its 2015 FA Cup fi­nal vic­tory over As­ton Villa. He was a reg­u­lar for Roma, play­ing 38 Serie A games last sea­son.

He made his Ar­se­nal debut in Septem­ber 2009, go­ing on to make 132 ap­pear­ances for the Gun­ners.

Juve is also ex­pected to con­clude a $14 mil­lion deal to sign Italy de­fender Mat­tia De Sciglio from AC Mi­lan, with the 24-year-old due in Turin on Wed­nes­day, ac­cord­ing to Ital­ian daily Gazzetta dello Sport.

Ju­ven­tus last week brought in Brazil­ian winger Dou­glas Costa on loan from Bay­ern Mu­nich, while agree­ing to sell Bonucci to AC Mi­lan for an es­ti­mated $46 mil­lion.

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