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17 August 2020 14:33

Stoke City F.C. Jack Butland Stoke-on-Trent

Joe Hart having Tottenham medical ahead of shock free transfer for club to meet homegrown quota

It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. Hart will challenge Paulo Gazzaniga to be Hugo Lloris' number two in north London, with Spurs looking for a third keeper following Michel Vorm's release at the end of last season. The 33-year-old is a free agent following his release from Burnley and is undergoing health checks ahead of a proposed two-year deal at Spurs. Hart left Turf Moor on June 30 after two years at the club where he fell behind both Tom Heaton and then Nick Pope in the pecking order, making just three appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. His career has stuttered since winning the Premier League title with Manchester City and winning 75 caps for England as Pep Guardiola did not rate him and he was shipped out to Torino and then West Ham. But he could help solve a problem for Spurs as under Premier League rules clubs must name at least eight homegrown players in their 25-man squad and his English nationality fills a slot.

If he wins the race to be Lloris' understudy there will almost certainly be game time for him as Spurs face a hectic schedule in the opening weeks of the season. Europa League qualifying clashes with the early rounds of the Carabao Cup, meaning boss Jose Mourinho may have to put out an Under-23s team in the domestic competition. JOE HART is having a medical at Spurs ahead of a shock free transfer for the former England No1. 2 Joe Hart and Jose Mourinho could be set to link up at Spurs Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd The Times reports Spurs want the former Manchester City shot-stopper to help meet their homegrown player quota. Hart is available on a free after his Burnley contract expired but is set to have to take a pay cut to move to North London.

The 33-year-old was collecting £50,000 a week at Turf Moor but Spurs are reportedly only willing to offer him a £35,000-a-week deal. Premier League rules stipulate clubs must name no more than 17 overseas players in their squads of 25. And Jose Mourinho was limited to naming just 21 players in his league squad in February with only FOUR English-bred stars on board. Dutch keeper Michel Vorm left Tottenham alongside veteran Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen after the league season concluded. Vertonghen has joined Benfica on a three-year deal after eight years at Spurs.

And Hart is set to take Vorm's spot alongside Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga in the fight to displace club captain Hugo Lloris as Mourinho's No1. Spurs are likely to be hit with plenty of midweek fixtures when the domestic season resumes and Hart will provide some experience and depth to their options between the sticks. Hart certainly looks ready for some top six Premier League action after showing off his dramatic body transformation. Hart was limited to just three cup appearances in 2019-20 as Nick Pope nailed down the starting spot under Sean Dyche. The Shrewsbury-born former Town goalkeeper, who was the subject of an enquiry from Shrews boss Sam Ricketts earlier this summer, was a free agent after leaving Burnley.

And Hart is set to check in at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where he will compete with Hugo Lloris and Paulo Gazzaniga for the No.1 shirt. Hart, who came through the academy ranks at his hometown club before leaving for Manchester City in 2006, also helps Jose Mourinho's side fill the homegrown quota allocation. Hart, 33, failed to appear in the Premier League for the Clarets last season. Joe Hart is signing for Tottenham on a free transfer, talkSPORT understands. The former England goalkeeper, 33, was on the market after leaving Burnley at the end of last season, and he emerged as a shock target for Spurs manager Jose Mourinho on Sunday evening.

Mourinho wants Hart to bolster the club's homegrown quota of British players. Getty Images 1 Hart could make a shock move to Tottenham this summer, but will he get the game times he'll want as a Spurs player? Premier League clubs are only allowed 17 overseas players in their 25-man squads, and Tottenham currently have too many who do not count as 'home-grown'. According to talkSPORT sources, the former Manchester City glovesman, who won two Premier League titles as their No.1, has penned a two-year deal with the Lilywhites. He underwent a medical on Monday morning, and Hart will become back-up to club captain Hugo Lloris and Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga, after Dutchman Michel Vorm left the club this summer. Hart looks in impressive shape as he shared some workout pictures recently, with the goalkeeper surely hoping to play a bigger role after his disappointing spell at Turf Moor. The 33-year-old spent two years at the Lancashire club, and made 19 league appearances in his first season as he shared goalkeeping duties with Tom Heaton. But former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has questioned if Hart will get the game time he wants in north London, insisting the former England man 'still has a lot to offer'. "I do feel for him because we all remember images of Joe Hart when Man City won the Premier League title and his career just seems to have gone the completely wrong way. "He got Pepped at Man City, he went to Burnley and ended up being behind Nick Pope and hasn't played many games "You'd think he'd want to go somewhere and just play… he's not going to get enough game time at Spurs, I don't think, because Hugo Lloris seems to play all the time.