Free agent Joe Hart issues transfer message amid West Brom and Celtic links #PremierLeague

Free agent Joe Hart issues transfer message amid West Brom and Celtic links




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Goalkeeper Joe Hart says he still wants to play at the highest level he possibly can after enduring a frustrating few years in football.

The former England international, who is viewed as potential competition for Sam Johnstone if West Brom secure promotion back to the Premier League, has left Burnley at the end of his contract and is now a free agent, searching for his next challenge.

Playing an understudy role at Turf Moor, it sums up the last few years for Hart, who hasn’t been able to settle and source regular football since leaving Manchester City – that time includes spells at Serie A side Torino and at West Ham, where he played under Slaven Bilic.

Celtic are reportedly an option for Hart, too; the Daily Record claimed on Monday that the keeper and his representatives were to have another round of talks in Glasgow after Craig Gordon left Parkhead and Fraser Forster’s future was left uncertain.

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Wherever Hart ends up, he’s determined to take his next chance.

“I’ve put myself in a position where there’s not a lot of places that haven’t heard of me as a goalkeeper, haven’t heard of me for what I can do,” Hart said. “I’d like to think I’m always going to have those links.

“Well, I know, I strongly believe I can play at the top level, but football’s about politics, it’s not necessarily about ability.

“I understand that getting to the place I want to be is going to be difficult, but I’m going to give myself the best opportunity to play at the highest level possible, and when I do get that chance, I’m going to be ready.”

Bilic has been a fan of Hart.

He was in charge at West Ham when he was borrowed from Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in 2017, before Bilic parted company with the London club in the November.

The Croat defender the stopper at a time when he was coming in for criticism over his form.

“Has he become an easy target? Yes,” Bilic said in 2017. “The guy is brilliant.

“I’m not just talking about goalkeeping now, the guy never slaughters anyone in the job, he is taking the bullets, he is there every single time whether he is at City or Torino or West Ham.

“He is a great professional and very interested in the squad. He is a top pro.”



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