Everton and Sevilla are understood to have expressed an interest in out-of-favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
According to the BBC’s David Ormstein, the duo have made their desire to sign Hart known, although the England international favours a loan move as he does not want to be rushed into making a permanent decision on his future with only two weeks remaining of the transfer window.
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Hart has been left in limbo after being dropped by Pep Guardiola for City’s opening two fixtures for the season and may be forced to leave the Etihad with his place as England’s number one already under scrutiny after his poor performances at Euro 2016.
Liverpool have been tenuously linked with the 29-year-old – as debunked in Wednesday’s Mediawatch – meaning Everton or Sevilla appear his most likely destination.
Guardiola has taken a similarly tough decision on midfielder Yaya Toure, leaving him out of the opening two games of the season completely, while Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri have not featured either.
With more than £150million spent on new players over the summer, competition for places in the Spaniard’s side is fierce.
And right-back Pablo Zabaleta said: “We are a big squad with two big players in each position. It is going to be tough, the competition is there.
“I think that happens at the big teams, where you have big squads, but the competition for places is very healthy.
“We are a team and we believe that the team is more important than the individuals and of course we need to continue that way. That is the team spirit we need to win trophies this season, so the group is the most important thing.”