Norwich City transfer rumours: Ex-England number one Hart linked despite wage demands
PUBLISHED: 10:33 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:05 09 May 2019
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The ever-growing list of players linked with Norwich City just gained a high-profile name, with former England number one Joe Hart reportedly being considered by the promoted Canaries.
It's a rumour which has been doing the rounds in recent weeks, with City floated as a possible option for the 32-year-old as a probable summer exit from Burnley looms.
National newspaper The Sun have now claimed Hart will be offered a top-flight lifeline by City sporting director Stuart Webber, suggesting the Clarets would be willing to let the former Manchester City man leave on a free transfer.
Hart joined Burnley last summer in a deal reportedly worth around £4m, having spent the previous two seasons on loan at Torino and West Ham, with his downturn in form mostly continuing - reportedly taking a big cut to his £120,000-a-week wages.
He made 21 appearances for Sean Dyche's side as he covered for injuries to Tom Heaton and Nick Pope but didn't play again after a 5-1 loss to Everton on Boxing Day, providing cover for the fit-again Heaton.
The Sun report adds that Blackburn and unnamed clubs in France and Italy are also interested, while suggesting Hart wouldn't be interested in a further wage cut, with 12 months left on his Burnley deal.
The article also claims Norwich "are looking for a central midfielder, centre-back, winger and also a striker to provide competition for top scorer Teemu Pukki" ahead of their Premier League return.
VERDICT: It is likely City will look to bring in competition for number one Tim Krul this summer, with Michael McGovern believed to have signed a new deal knowing he would probably continue as a back-up keeper.
However the wages that would be involved with bringing in a player with the profile of Hart would seem to be well out of the Canaries' reach and the former England stopper seems unlikely to join one of the promoted clubs without the assurances of being number one.
Fell out of favour at Manchester City because of his limited passing ability as well, which would put another question-mark alongside his suitability for Daniel Farke's squad.
If those issues could be overcome, then Hart is a former Premier League star who has top-flight ability as a goalkeeper, but at this point is trying to rebuild his career.