Joe Hart is reportedly open to discussing a move to Leeds United, with the Burnley goalkeeper keen to take a pay cut to link up with the Elland Road club.
Leeds are currently battling for promotion back to the Premier League and if the season can resume, Marcelo Bielsa’s side are widely expected to get over the line in the Championship.
Now, Football Insider are reporting that Hart is open to moving to Elland Road from Turf Moor, with their report stating the 33-year-old would be willing to enter contract talks with the Whites as he looks for an ‘ambitious’ club to link up with.
Additionally, the ex-England goalkeeper would be open to taking a pay cut to arrive at Elland Road, with Leeds seemingly looking to conduct a shake up in the goalkeeping department.
With links to Hart in mind, we explore to pros and cons to Leeds targeting a deal for the goalkeeper…
Should Leeds be looking to bring in a new goalkeeper in the summer, the likelihood is that Kiko Casilla will have been moved on following his racism charge.
If that’s the case, Leeds need an experienced alternative to Elia Caprile and Illan Meslier, should the latter, of course, sign permanently.
Hart ticks the box in terms of his experience.
Con: Past his peak
At the peak of his powers, Hart was a Premier League champion and England international.
Yet, things have declined for him since leaving Man City, with his England caps drying up too.
He’s currently with Burnley, but firmly down the pecking order and his career on the decline.
Pro: A role model
Hart’s record has been pretty squeaky clean, with the man he’d likely replace at Elland Road, Casilla, having a mark against him name.
Casilla is good goalkeeper, but his reputation has been tarnished in England and him staying on at Elland Road would send the wrong message to some.
Hart arriving, with the reputation he has, would be a good PR move.
Con: Hart’s style
A goalkeeper’s primary job is to keep the ball out of the net, but Marcelo Bielsa signed Casilla and Meslier with their distribution in mind.
Both are comfortable with the ball at their feet, whilst Hart was axed at Man city due to him lacking in this area.
When you look at it like that: would Bielsa really want Hart?