Joe Hart is set to leave Burnley at the end of the month when his contract expires, and West Brom are one of several clubs keen on signing him.
The last few years have been difficult for Hart — he went from being an England No 1 to a Man City and West Ham reject within a couple of seasons.
And although he was given a lifeline by Burnley in the summer of 2018, the 33-year-old hasn’t played in any league games, instead making a few appearances in early round cup ties.
The Sun on Sunday reported that Joe Hart is more than likely going to stay in England, despite his representatives investigating interest from teams abroad, and so an offer from the Baggies might be just what he’s after — especially if Bilić’s men achieve promotion back to the Premier League.
The timing of the rumours linking Hart to West Brom are no coincidence; Jonathan Bond and Ali Al-Habsi will depart the club at the end of the month, freeing up more than enough space for a new goalkeeper to come in.
Slaven Bilić’s main incentive for bringing a player like Joe Hart into the setup would be to provide competition for the current first choice goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone.
Johnstone isn’t without his critics and has been a polarising figure for the Albion fans this season; sometimes putting in an excellent shift one week, only to then concede a sloppy goal or two the following week.
It is his inconsistency which unsettles fans, but with Johnstone currently a class above the other keepers at the club, he’s unlikely to lose his position as it stands; hence why it’s so important that another goalkeeper, either of the same standard or above, is signed soon — and Hart arguably meets that requirement.
So, just how likely would seeing Joe Hart in an Albion kit next season be?
If West Brom earn promotion this season, then the Baggies will undoubtedly rise swiftly near to the top — if not the top — of Joe Hart’s shortlist of clubs to join next.
He could be confident of becoming the first choice goalkeeper at the Hawthorns if he can recapture the form which propelled him to the very top just a few years back.
Hart will also look to utilise the experience he’s attained over the years as a Premier League ‘keeper to cement himself as a formidable rival to Sam Johnstone for a place on the team sheet.
It will be interesting to see how events unfold and we’ll keep you updated along the way.