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'Fantastic Hart deserves more respect' - West Ham captain Noble hails goalkeeper

11:37 AM EDT 7/16/17
Ahead of his expected loan move to the London club, the veteran Hammers midfielder has lauded his international pedigree

Joe Hart's career accomplishments deserve more respect, according to Mark Noble, as the goalkeeper nears a move to West Ham.

Goal understands that Manchester City outcast Hart could complete a season-long loan move to the Hammers this weekend, with an option to buy for Slaven Bilic's men.

West Ham captain Noble would be thrilled to welcome the England international, 30, who he describes as "fantastic", to London Stadium.

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And he feels Hart should have been treated better, having been jettisoned by Pep Guardiola after the Catalan's arrival last year and subsequently loaned to Serie A side Torino.

"In my opinion, [Hart] has been a little bit hard done by in recent years," Noble told Sky Sports.

"He has been fantastic for England and for his club for the last 10 years and he probably deserves a little bit more respect.

"I've known Joe for a long time, we played for England Under-21s together years ago.

"He is obviously a fantastic goalie but at the minute he is not our player. 

"We have got two really good goalies [Adrian and Darren Randolph] here so it would be more competition for them."

Pablo Zabaleta, also from City, has been West Ham's only other signing so far in the transfer window.