Watford have entered the race to sign out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to The Guardian.
The Hornets are keen to increase the number of home-grown players within their first-team squad and excite fans with the prospect of a big-name signing this summer, in new boss Marco Silva’s attempts to establish the club as a regular amongst the country’s elite.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) July 1, 2017
The City custodian would certainly tick both boxes for the Hertfordshire club, bringing with him the experience of 71 caps at international level for England and the knowledge of success, with the 30-year-old holding six winners medals, including two Premier League titles.
However, Watford’s current goalkeeper and fan favourite Heurelho Gomes will be tough to overthrow at Vicarage Road, with the veteran securing the club’s Player of the Season award in 2016 and coming second in the same contest during the last campaign.
But the 36-year-old is now entering into the final stages of his playing career, and the Hornets hierarchy are keen to address this situation before it becomes an issue.
Whether Hart is the perfect option to replace the Brazilian is up for debate however, with the City shot-stopper struggling for form last year whilst on loan at Serie A side Torino and being outperformed in almost every key area by the ageing ‘keeper on comparison.
During the 2016/17 term Gomes conceded on average 1.68 goals per game, whereas the 30-year-old was unable to stop the opposition netting 1.72 times on average per fixture over the season.
In addition the Watford man successfully made on average 2.76 saves per game, however the Man City goalkeeper only stopped an average of 2.53 attempts every 90 minutes, alongside a lower claim success of 3% compared to the Hornets number-one.
Hart looks set to leave City this summer, with Ederson signed from Benfica at great expense to join Claudio Bravo in Manchester.
It remains to be seen if the out of favour Citizens custodian would be an upgrade to Watford’s current starting goalkeeper – and even if he is deemed to be, the Vicarage Road club will reportedly also have to overcome both Newcastle United and West Ham United if they are to secure their summer target.