Preston North End have offered Joe Hart a route out of Burnley this winter, with Alex Neil looking to bolster his goalkeeping department during the January transfer window.
According to The Sun, Preston are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper and have asked Lancashire rivals Burnley if they can take Hart on loan, with the former England goalkeeper falling down Sean Dyche’s pecking order in recent weeks.
Neil had originally enquired about Hart’s teammate, Tom Heaton, but the latter has been reinstated as the No.1 at Turf Moor, featuring in his side’s last two Premier League fixtures, as they climb clear of relegation trouble.
That’s left Hart sidelined, despite the fact that the 31-year-old had made 19 appearances under Dyche at the start of the season. And, with Nick Pope back to fitness, there’s a chance Hart’s chances will be limited for the remainder of the campaign.
The Sun claim Preston are now making their move, as Neil looks to find a new goalkeeping option having sanctioned the loan of Chris Maxwell to Charlton Athletic earlier in the day.
Conor Ripley of Middlesbrough is believed to be another on Preston’s radar, with the stopper currently on loan with Accrington.
This is an ambitious swoop by North End, who would pull of a real high-profile coup if they could get Hart on board.
The former England goalkeeper might be past his peak years, but he’s still a good goalkeeper, just awfully low on confidence.
Should Neil get his man, this will turn a lot of heads in the Championship.
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