Betting: Can West Ham lure Hart away from Man City?

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It is a crucial summer for the England goalkeeper and our tipster ponders where the 30-year-old might be playing next season to reach the World Cup

This summer could well prove to be pivotal in the career of Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart.

Hart, who started all four of England's matches at last summer's European Championships in France, was firmly established as first choice for City under the stewardship of Manuel Pellegrini.

The appointment of former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss, Pep Guardiola, as Manchester City boss last summer, though, saw a dramatic shift. Claudio Bravo was brought in as a replacement for Hart, with the England 'keeper sent on loan to Torino.

Following the expiration of that loan, Hart has returned to Manchester, but with the World Cup just 12 months away, it is imperative for the 30-year-old to find regular first team football if he is to remain an integral part of Gareth Southgate's plans.

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Hart's position with the Three Lions was subject to further scrutiny after the stopper was beaten by two late Leigh Griffiths free-kicks in a World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Hampden Park earlier this month and the England goalkeeper will be acutely aware of the importance of being offered regular football at club level as he seeks to maintain his standing as the national team's number one.

A move away from Manchester City, therefore, seems inevitable and it is West Ham United who are chalked up as Paddy Power's 6/4 (2.50) favourites to secure Hart's signature. Slaven Bilic is keen to strengthen his squad following a disappointing campaign and the lure of regular game time may tempt Hart into a switch to the east Londoners.

Premier League champions Chelsea - a 5/1 (6.0) chance to sign Hart - may be in the market for a goalkeeper following Asmir Begovic's summer switch to AFC Bournemouth but with Thibaut Courtois firmly established as the Blues' number one, Hart is unlikely to relish the prospect of playing second fiddle to the Belgian stopper in west London.

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Jose Mourinho could try to tempt Hart into crossing the Manchester divide with a move to United and Old Trafford, but that move would likely only offer regular first team football should David de Gea depart the Europa League champions and, as such, the 6/1 (7.0) quote on offer looks skinny.

Hart could be forced to move further afield in pursuit of a regular place and there is 9/1 (10.0) that the 30-year-old joins another Serie A side, AC Milan, amidst speculation that Gianluigi Donnarumma will leave the club this summer.

However, staying in the Premier League may be Hart's preferred option and, so, West Ham United could represent a good fit for the England keeper. 6/4 (2.50) is available that Hart becomes a Hammer this summer and that price could offer decent value for punters.

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