Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart would reportedly jump at the chance to sign for Leeds United in the summer transfer window according to Football Insider.
The report claims that Hart would be willing to take a pay-cut to sign for the Yorkshire-based club in the near future, although any potential deal could hinge on the future of Kiko Casilla.
Casilla has struggled for consistency in his performances since arriving at Elland Road from Real Madrid, and it remains to be seen as to whether he’ll remain with the club if they win promotion into the Premier League.
The Whites are currently sat top of the Championship table, and are seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games remaining in this year’s campaign.
They could well have Hart on their transfer wish-list as well, with the former England goalkeeper finding game time hard to come by with Burnley this season.
Hart is also out-of-contract at the end of this year’s campaign, and it seems likely that he could leave the club in the summer.
We take a look at THREE reasons why Leeds should consider a move for Hart in the summer transfer window after his reported eagerness to sign for the club.
He has proven experience in the Premier League.
Hart has been a regular for both Manchester City and Burnley in the past, and would be more than capable of playing to a high standard in the Premier League next season.
He’s won multiple trophies with Manchester City as well, and would be hoping that he can replicate similar success with Leeds United if he signed for the club.
Leeds need players that are experienced of playing in the Premier League, otherwise they’ll be returning straight back down into the Championship.
Hart will have a point to prove with no fee involved.
Hart has found regular game time hard to come by with Burnley this season.
He has made just three appearances in all competitions, and has often been behind Nick Pope in the pecking order in the Burnley squad, which will be frustrating for the former England shot-stopper.
Hart has experience of playing at a high level with Manchester City, and will be eager to prove himself at a high level once again at the earliest of opportunities. He’s also out-of-contract at the end of the season, so there wouldn’t be any transfer fee involved in any potential deal.
He’s a better option than what Leeds currently have available to them.
Kiko Casilla’s performances have come into question in the last couple of seasons, as he has made some costly errors that have lost Leeds valuable points at times.
Illan Meslier is a strong second-choice option to have between the posts, although it remains to be seen as to whether Leeds will take up their option to sign him permanently in the summer.
As previously mentioned, Leeds need players that have experience in the Premier League, and Hart would be an upgrade on both Meslier and Casilla at this moment in time.