Joe Hart set for shock permanent switch to Premier League club

Joe Hart is on the brink of completing a shock £4million move to Burnley.

Ditched England keeper Hart has been in limbo for the last two years after Pep Guardiola took the hotseat at Manchester City.

He spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan with Torino and played for West Ham last term, but has returned to City this summer on the hunt for a permanent move away.

Burnley have agreed a fee with City and Hart is understood to have taken a cut in his £120,000-a-week wages to force through the switch to Turf Moor.

Ironically, the door to the move was opened by the dislocated shoulder injury suffered by Nick Pope, who was one of the three keepers Gareth Southgate chose ahead of him for England’s World Cup campaign.


Pope is now facing six months out of action and with Tom Heaton nursing a calf injury – after missing most of last season with a dislocated shoulder – Dyche moved for Hart.

After a frustrating summer in the transfer market, Dyche is set to complete a second signing over the weekend after agreeing an £8m deal with Swansea for midfielder Sam Clucas.

And he also has bids in for West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez and Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson as he tries to strengthen his squad in the hope the can match last season’s seventh placed finish in the Premier League and cope with the extra burden of playing in the Europa League for the first time.

Dyche has held a long-term interest in Clucas and finally looks to have got his man.

Like Hart, Clucas travelled to Turf Moor yesterday for a medical and his imminent transfer will allow Swansea boss Graham Potter to move for Brentford midfielder Ryan Woods.

It is understood the Swansea hierarchy have long questioned Clucas’ attitude since he arrived from Hull less than a year ago for a £15m fee.

The 27-year-old former Debenhams shop worker scored twice against Arsenal last season, but he couldn’t stop Swansea from being relegated to the Championship.

The Swans will make a £7m loss on Clucas, but his desire to move on means Potter was willing to let him go and receive funds which will enable him to improve his squad.

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