Former Spur claims recent signing’s arrival could see 28-year-old depart

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Paul Robinson has claimed that Joe Hart has signed for Tottenham Hotspur with the aim of becoming the club’s number one goalkeeper.

Hart made the switch to North London where he penned a two-year contract after leaving Burnley at the end of last season.

The 33-year-old fell out of favour at Manchester City while he was still England’s first choice stopper and had subsequent loan spells at Italian outfit Torino and West Ham United before moving to the Clarets.

Lloris has been Tottenham’s number one since he joined from Lyon in 2012 and had a difficult start to last season with a mixture of inconsistent form and a dislocated elbow.

Paulo Gazzaniga provided cover while Lloris was injured, with Robinson claiming that Hart’s arrival could spell the end for the Argentine.

After recovering from injury, the French international rediscovered some of his best form with inspired performances against Manchester City and Everton.

Robinson also believes that the addition of Hart is a sensible move considering he will count towards the homegrown player criteria.

He told Football Insider: “It is a very sensible signing for all parties,”

“It is a huge box ticked – another home-grown player. You have seen the likes of Scott Carson and Richard Wright (at Manchester City), Lee Grant at Manchester United and Rob Green at Chelsea. But saying that I think the Joe Hart situation is different at Spurs.

“He will not be going there to rest of his laurels. He will be thinking, and certainly I would be thinking, that ‘Lloris has been injury prone and inconsistent over the past couple of seasons, Gazzaniga has done OK’ but Joe Hart definitely believe he is better than him. He will fancy his chances of playing.

“With the amount of games that Spurs have got, given that they have to go into the Europa League early, there will be game time. It is a real opportunity for him to play some games. 

“Whether the signing of Joe Hart means that Gazzaniga is moving on we will have to wait and see.”  

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