30 Aug Hart loan Torino
Joe Hart has been granted permission to leave the England camp ahead of their opening World Cup qualifier, with the Manchester City goalkeeper looking set to complete a loan move to Torino.
The Football Association confirmed to Press Association Sport on Monday night that Hart would temporarily leave Sam Allardyce’s squad.
The 29-year-old appears to be on his way to Italy, with his agent revealing he would undergo a medical with Serie A side Torino on Tuesday.
Hart has been dropped by City boss Pep Guardiola and has not played a Premier League game this season.
City were unavailable to comment on reports that Torino have booked a private jet to take Hart to Turin on Tuesday, if City approve the deal.
But his agent Jonathan Barnett was quoted as saying by www.tuttosport.com: “Yes, Joe Hart will play with Torino. It’s done. The player said yes to the club and also Manchester City have given the green light. It is all true. Tomorrow Hart will have a medical in Turin.”
Hart is third-choice at City following the signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, but has retained his place in Allardyce’s first England squad for the World Cup clash in Slovakia on Sunday.
Allardyce had told a press conference on Monday morning that he was willing to let players leave his training camp before Wednesday’s transfer deadline to address their club futures.
“I would (allow them to leave),” Allardyce said.
“Yes it can be a distraction and I will address the players about it today when they arrive, so we can know as quickly as possible and can deal with it as quickly as possible.
“How we deal with it I don’t know yet.
“I am sat here with my squad for the first time and hopefully there won’t be any issues on that between now and when the window shuts.”
On the specific case of Hart, Allardyce said: “If there is anything in the pipeline, then hopefully Joe will tell us ‘this may happen’ and we can get ready for it.”