Former coach reveals he considered signing experienced Spurs star 

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Dom Le Roy

Former Fenerbahce goalkeeping coach, Alper Boguslu, has revealed that he considered signing Tottenham man Joe Hart in 2019 but eventually decided against it. 

Hart’s stock fell considerably after he left Manchester City permanently in 2017 following a year on loan at Torino. 

The former England number one was brought into Spurs on a free last summer by Jose Mourinho after struggling to make much of an impact at West Ham and Burnley.

Although Hart has taken Paulo Gazzaniga’s place as Hugo Lloris’ main understudy, with the Argentine subsequently being shipped off on loan to Elche, the 34-year-old has not had as much game time as he would have hoped for this season.

Boguslu has revealed that Fenerbahce considered bringing the experienced Spurs star to Istanbul in 2019 before they snapped up former Turkey Under-21 international Altay Bayindir.

Bayindir has since gone on to establish himself as Fenerbahce’s number one and his fine displays between the sticks have even seen the 23-year-old being linked with a move to Tottenham.

Boguslu told Hurriyet Sport regarding the Turkish club’s pursuit of Hart (as relayed by HITC): “(Former Fenerbahce manager) Ersun Yanal asked my opinion. 

“As the goalkeeping coach, I was on a mission not to make a mistake in this matter – and I think I was successful.

“I watched England international goalkeeper Joe Hart live. I knew his character was good and he was on my list as a top goalkeeper. But (signing him) wasn’t necessary.”

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