Hart is expected to sign on, maintaining his £100,000 a week wages and with City still paying half of them. There is expected to be an option to sign the stopper permanently next summer inserted into a contract, believed to be in the region of £12 to £15m.
Hart’s signing would represent quite a major coup for the Hammers, particularly as they’d only be paying 50% of his wages and would take a little bit of heat off the under-pressure West Ham board.
The 28-year-old is expected to be at Rush Green to complete a deal by the end of this weekend and will then join up with his new teammates at their Austrian training camp, where the Hammers will face Sturm Graz on Monday in their first pre-season friendly.
Hart’s future has always been up for debate after his loan at Torino last season but what has he said about it?
“I don’t think City are going to be standing in the way – if somebody really wants me, then I’m probably going to be made available. So it will be about talking and working out what is next and what the best move is for whichever club that might be and for myself.
“I’ve not been sent here to see how I do or see if I improve. I’ve been sent out because I wasn’t wanted. I’m not here to prove what I can do, I’m here because I need to look elsewhere and I didn’t have a chance to sort anything permanently.”
[If he’d be leaving City] “More than likely, I’d say, but that’s me with no knowledge, I’ve got no firm contact with anybody, but whatever I’m doing I’d love to be permanent where I go.
“If it’s back at Manchester City – which I don’t see happening – then great, but other than that, another loan at my age I don’t think is the right thing for me.
“I feel like people think I’m keeping something close to my chest, I’m not. The goalkeeping world is a little bit crazy, it requires movement, I’ve still got two years at Manchester City, and the only certainty I’ve got is the next three games at Torino.”
“I don’t know exactly.
“It’s hard to say it’s realistic because football is a business at the end of the day and you can’t judge, it’s hard to judge realistically.
“The millions and zillions of pounds that get paid for someone to come and play football for you in the real world is strange, but in the business world, the football world it’s normal.
“I certainly don’t think they are going to try and price me out of a move, I think there’s enough respect between the player and club.
“We’re going to work together, there’s no point in working against. There is no animosity between the two. They are going in their direction and I need to go in mine.”