West Ham United are keen to sign Joe Hart and will press ahead with a move for Olivier Giroud if Arsenal sign any new strikers.
The deal for Hart would most likely be a season-long loan and it is understood that the England international wants to make the move to West Ham.
An intriguing complication could be if Manchester United sell David De Gea to Real Madrid as it is believed that manager Jose Mourinho is genuinely interested in signing Hart. However, it is extremely difficult to see Manchester City allowing the 30-year-old to cross over to their city rivals.
A move to West Ham makes more sense and the club would regard the signing as a big statement of intent ahead of the new season with Hart also looked upon as a strong character and a potential leader for the squad. The fact that he is English is also an attraction to West Ham.
Hart recently admitted that he does not know where his future lies after the end of his season-long loan to the Italian club, Torino, given he is not wanted at City.
“I need an offer first and then I need to work out my options if I have choices. I want to be playing at the highest possible level, pushing myself,” Hart said after England’s recent World Cup qualifier away to Scotland.
Hart also knows that his position as England No 1 is under serious threat with Jack Butland fit again and Jordan Pickford, who has just completed a £30million move to Everton, pushing hard to be promoted to the senior squad from the England Under-21s.
The scale of Hart’s wages would make a permanent move to West Ham very difficult, but both parties would consider a loan agreement, it seems, although that also depends on the fee demanded by City.
Ideally Hart would want a permanent deal to kick-start his career and settle his long-term future and sources suggest that could even be offered by United if they relent and allow De Gea to seal his dream move to Real Madrid.
Mourinho would love to take a player from City, where Hart was popular among the fans but unwanted by manager Pep Guardiola, but it remains highly unlikely that a deal between the two clubs is agreed under any circumstance.
West Ham are attempting to re-shape their squad this summer after a disappointing first campaign at the London Stadium and Giroud’s future is also being closely monitored.
Arsenal are bidding to sign Giroud’s French international team-mate Alexandre Lacazette and have also continued to track the future of Kylian Mbappe at Monaco, although Real Madrid are the favourites to sign him should he leave. If Arsenal make any signings then it appears that Giroud may be available for transfer.
The 30-year-old will not want to become a marginalised player at Arsenal – and he only made 11 Premier League starts last season – especially with the World Cup in Russia next summer. However, if Alexis Sanchez leaves Arsenal, with Bayern Munich his most likely destination, Arsene Wenger may not want to allow Giroud to also go.
West Ham want to improve their attacking options, in particular, and have also registered an interest previously in City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, but it appears he is too expensive.
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