West Ham complete the signing of Joe Hart

West Ham complete the signing of Joe Hart

18 Jul 2017, 19:40

West Ham United have officially completed the signing of England goalkeeper Joe Hart on a season-long loan from Manchester City for a fee believed to be around £4.5m.

Having returned to England from a loan at Torino last season, Hart underwent a medical with the Hammers on Monday and it is thought that his parent club will part fund his 2017/18 wages.

A bizarre line-up video shared by West Ham on Twitter marked confirmation of the deal on Tuesday evening as Hart was 'welcomed to the West Ham family'.

-It's important for me to play football and to get the opportunity to come here and play is absolutely awesome. To be playing in the Premier League for a big club like West Ham, I'm really looking forward to the season, the 30-year-old toldWHUFC.com.

-I've always loved the club. I think you'll struggle to find anyone, apart from the direct opposing fans around London, who doesn't love the club. It's got something about it, it's got a lot history and I've always loved playing against West Ham, he added.

After six seasons as City's undisputed number one, the 30-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements in Manchester by new coach Pep Guardiola last summer.

Claudio Bravo was brought in from Barcelona to replace him, with City adding £34m Ederson Moraes to their ranks as well.

Hart becomes the second West Ham signing of the summer, and the second to arrive from the Citizens after long serving City favourite Pablo Zabaleta joined as a free agent.

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