Hart deal remains in balance

Joe Hart has edged closer to a possible move to Everton after he was left out of Man City’s Champions League play-off against Steaua.

Everton: Hart deal remains in balanceEverton: Hart deal remains in balance

Hart’s future at City is looking bleak after new boss Pep Guardiola opted to select Willy Caballero ahead of him against both Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season and against Steaua Bucharest in Tuesday’s Euro tie.

There are widespread reports Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo is on his way to City and, if that deal goes through, Hart is expected to accept his career at the Etihad is over and will look for a move.

Everton are the favourites with most bookmakers to sign the England international, with a loan or permanent deal possible, although the Blues also face competition from Spanish side Sevilla, while city rivals Liverpool have also been alerted to Hart’s potential availability.

The 29-year-old, who has played over 300 games for City since joining from Shrewsbury in 2006, still has three years left on his current contract but, with Guardiola seemingly not a fan, it is thought he could be allowed to move on for around £15million.

New Everton boss Ronald Koeman signed Maarten Stekelenberg this summer but is thought to be looking for a new first-choice keeper, and Hart would be a welcome addition to his squad.

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