Derby County are reportedly lining up a move for Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart according to a report from The Sun.
Hart is out-of-contract at the end of the season, and it seems highly unlikely that he’ll extend his stay at Turf Moor after falling down the pecking order in Sean Dyche’s plans.
In total, Hart has made just three appearances for Burnley, but hasn’t featured in the first team since their 2-1 defeat to Norwich City back in January 2020.
The report from The Sun also claims that Turkish giants Besiktas are also interested in a potential deal to sign Hart in the summer, although it remains to be seen as to which club is the frontrunner to land his signature.
Derby are currently sat 12th in the Championship table, and will be looking to keep their faint play-off hopes alive when football fixtures return to the calendar.
We look at TWO pros and TWO cons to Derby eyeing a transfer swoop for Hart in the summer transfer window.
Pro: He’s an experienced goalkeeper
Hart has a considerable amount of experience of playing at a high level in English football.
The shot-stopper made 348 appearances for Manchester City earlier in his career, and played a key role in their title-winning season, where Sergio Aguero scored that famous late winner against QPR on the final day of the league campaign.
Hart has also played regularly for England in the past, and so you can’t question his record earlier in his career.
Con: Are his best days behind him?
Hart has only made three senior appearances for Burnley this season, which will raise doubts as to whether he’d be good enough to feature on a regular basis for Derby County.
If the Rams are to win promotion into the Premier League, then you would imagine that a younger goalkeeper would be a better option to have in their squad.
If Hart signed for Derby, then it would be a deal that would certainly divide some sections of the club’s supporters.
Pro: The cost of any potential deal.
Hart is out-of-contract at the end of this season, which means that Derby could sign him with no fee involved.
Obviously his wages are likely to be higher than a number of the Rams’ current squad, but he’s a player with experience and proven quality in the Premier League.
It could be a shrewd bit of business by the Rams if Hart can recapture his best form in between the posts.
Con: Competition for his signature
Hart is still going to be wanting to play his football at the highest possible level.
There is no doubting that the Championship is a division that is competitive, but with the likes of Besiktas also interested in landing his signature, Derby could struggle to get a deal over the line.
Besiktas are likely to be competing in European competitions next term, which will surely tempt Hart with a move to them over Phillip Cocu’s side.