Joe Hart asking price lowered from £5m by Manchester City

Manchester City are so desperate to get rid of Joe Hart they’re willing to lower his £5million asking price.

And if that doesn’t lead to bids for the former England No1 the Manchester club could even let him leave for nothing.

According to The Times, City are so keen to help Hart relaunch his career they will even consider cutting all ties with the former Shrewsbury man.

Hart, 31, has been on City’s pre-season tour to the United States and Pep Guardiola praised his attitude.

Hart accepted loan switches to Torino and then West Ham last season in his unsuccessful attempt to hang on to his England place for the World Cup.

He missed out on Russia after his move to West Ham turned sour and he wants to feel valued again.

“I need to go somewhere permanent, I think that’s obvious,” said Hart after making his first City appearance since August 2016 in the friendly defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

“I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involved in the World Cup – and look where that got me.

“I’m experienced. I’ve played at the highest level for a long time and done a lot of things in the game. I need to be an important player at a club and I think that can only happen with a permanent move.”

There has been interest from Fenerbahce in Turkey and elsewhere in Europe. City will be flexible to the extent that a free transfer cannot be ruled out.

Despite being in limbo while he looks for a new club, Hart insists he can still win an England recall.

“Of course, I’m 31, I’m young, I’m fit, I’m fresh,” he said defiantly. “I know I’ve got an awful lot to give in the game.”

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