Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart close to finalising season-long loan move to West Ham

Joe Hart is surplus to requirement at the Etihad Stadium after returning from a similar stint with Torino last term, where he enjoyed mixed success.

City had hoped to sell Hart for a large fee during the transfer window, but a lack of offers means that they will instead offload him on a temporary basis.

It is suggested by the London Evening Standard that terms of the loan agreement between the Citizens and West Ham United are essentially complete, and the England international could finalise his switch as early as Monday night once he passes his medical.

Hart, capped 71 times at international level, has been tipped by soon-to-be teammate Mark Noble to get his career back on track in East London.