Spurs to sign Hart on free transfer
Jose Mourinho is set to strengthen his Tottenham Hotspur squad by signing Joe Hart, the former England goalkeeper, on a free transfer.
Hart had a medical at Spurs yesterday and has agreed a two-year deal following his departure from Burnley, where his contract ran down after two seasons. Mourinho wants cover for Hugo Lloris, who remains his No1 goalkeeper, ahead of a campaign with added Europa League matches after the club qualified on the final day of the Premier League season.
Paulo Gazzaniga stepped in last season when Lloris was injured and Hart will challenge the Argentine as Mourinho’s No 2, with Michel Vorm’s contract expiring.
Hart has been attractive to bigger clubs this summer as he is a homegrown player for Premier League and Uefa quotas. He has had to decide whether to pursue a place as a first-choice goalkeeper at a club where he would be playing every week, after falling behind Nick Pope at Burnley last season and playing only in cup matches.
Celtic were interested in taking him to Scotland, but manager Neil Lennon moved instead for Vasilis Barkas from AEK Athens.
Joining a Europa League team will be seen as a chance for Hart to resurrect his career after losing his place at Manchester City upon Pep Guardiola’s arrival.
Spurs also looked at Watford’s Ben Foster in their search for cover for Lloris, but he signed a new contract at Vicarage Road. Hart, who is a free agent, is the second arrival at Spurs this summer, in addition to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.