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Dunne: Hart should use West Ham as a stepping stone

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Former Manchester City defender Richard Dunne believes that Joe Hart should use a loan move to West Ham as a stepping stone to greater things.

The England international goalkeeper has been hung out to dry by City boss Pep Guardiola and spent last season with Serie A outfit Torino.

Sky Sports has reported that the Irons are hoping to seal the signing of Hart, 30, within the next few days and is understood to be joining up with Slaven Bilic’s side with a view to a permanent deal next summer.

Dunne, 37, reckons that Hart should use a potential stint at the London Stadium to revive what appears to be a stalling career.

“If he goes down on loan to West Ham and has a good season then hopefully one of the bigger clubs will come back in for him and he will play at the top level of European football again,” said the former Republic of Ireland international, as quoted by TalkSport host Alan Brazil on his official Sports Breakfast Twitter account on Friday.

Hart has won two Premier League titles in his time at the Etihad but his future looked to have been cast into doubt after a miserable performance for England at Euro 2016 last summer.

Claudio Bravo was brought in by Guardiola and Hart was shipped out to Torino, where he continued to suffer with a host of mistakes.

The 30-year-old ‘keeper has made 348 appearances for Man City across all competitions, keeping an impressive 137 clean sheets in the process.

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