Spurs to sign Hart on free trans­fer

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By Mike McGrath

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.

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