Leeds United have been tipped to pursue Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart if they were to win promotion this season and sought out players with Premier League experience.
Hart, 33, may have fallen down the pecking order at Turf Moor this season and made just three appearances in all competitions but that doesn’t discount the fact he is a multiple Premier League winner with 340 appearances in the top-flight and 75 caps for England.
The former Manchester City shot-stopper is currently set to become a free agent in the summer with his £45,000-a-week [Spotrac] deal with the Clarets expiring on June 30.
According to the Daily Mail, Burnley were prepared to sell Hart last summer but ultimately failed to, so the chances are that Sean Dyche will not be offering a new contract to the experienced goalkeeper.
Burnley’s loss could be Leeds’ gain, according to former Elland Road goalkeeper and Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson, who tipped the Whites to pursue Hart in an exclusive interview with MOT Leeds News last week.
Leeds do not have a lot of Premier League experience in their squad and with Kiko Casilla currently banned for racism and not really impressing in the Championship, Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa might be in the market to replace him and find someone who 20-year-old Illan Meslier can learn from.
Hart would be the perfect tutor for Meslier as he is someone who has been through the highs and the lows of playing in the loneliest position of them all.
He has not played a lot for Burnley this season so might be a bit rusty but once Bielsa has gotten his hands on him in pre-season, you can bet that the former England number one will be back to his best.
It has been a tough few years for Hart since his horror show at Euro 2016 but maybe Elland Road is a place where he can get his career back on track.
In other Leeds United news, this vital player has come a long way at Leeds since snubbing Andrea Radrizzani in 2017.