Tottenham have agreed to sign England goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to reports.
The surprising news came on Monday morning when a number of reliable journalists relayed it on Twitter.
The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath first mentioned it before the London Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick said the same thing.
— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) August 17, 2020
— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) August 17, 2020
And a little later, the very reliable Frabrizio Romano revealed Hart’s move to Spurs is close to being announced.
Tottenham have reached an agreement with Joe Hart to sign him as a free agent, here we go 🤝
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 17, 2020
Hart was England’s number one for many years before falling out of favour at Manchester City and subsequently losing his place in the Three Lions team.
He has since played for Torino, West Ham United and Burnley but left the latter at the end of his contract in June.
Though joining Tottenham might come as a shock, it makes sense for both player and club.
The 33-year-old would likely struggle to be a No.1 at another Premier League club, so being a backup goalkeeper at Spurs and making use of their excellent training facilities is arguably a better way to spend the end of his career.
As for Tottenham, they will be increasing their homegrown quota with the acquisition of another Englishman.