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Tottenham set to sign Joe Hart on a shock free transfer tomorrow

Joe Hart has agreed to join Tottenham as cover for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

The former England international is set to sign a two-year contract on Tuesday as Jose Mourinho adds experience to his squad.

Hart has been training intensively on his own since leaving Burnley at the end of the season and has been on the list of numerous clubs, but a move to Premier League Tottenham will still come as a surprise to many.

The 33-year old has been linked with Celtic, Leeds, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County and had also considered options abroad.

Tottenham want to increase competition for Lloris, who has endured injuries and lapses in form over recent seasons, and a free transfer such as Hart works for Mourinho under a restricted budget while also boosting their homegrown quota.

Hart has 75 England caps and made 24 appearances for Burnley.  

The former Manchester City star faces a cut on the £50,000-a-week wages he was on at Turf Moor, with Spurs unlikely to match that figure.

Mourinho has been on the lookout for a back-up goalkeeper following the departure of Michel Vorm earlier this summer.

He has now decided to bring in Hart, who is looking for a fresh challenge following an underwhelming spell at Burnley.

The ex-England No 1 joined the Clarets on a permanent deal in 2018 following loan spells at Torino and West Ham from Manchester City.

But after failing to establish himself as Sean Dyche’s first-choice goalkeeper, he was deemed surplus to requirements at the end of last season.

Hart’s arrival will help Spurs’ homegrown quota, with the the Premier League outfit currently having too many players who do not fit the criteria, thus restricting the size of the squad they can name.

Last season, Mourinho was only able to have a squad of 21 available in the Premier League, as opposed to the maximum number of 25, as they failed to meet the homegrown criteria.

Under Premier League rules, a club can name no more than 17 overseas players in their 25-man squad. And in February, Mourinho selected just four homegrown players – meaning he could only have a squad of 21.

The Premier League deems a homegrown player as someone ‘who, irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21)’.

This meant that Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks (all FA) and Ben Davies (FAW) qualified, which meant four spaces had to be left. Eric Dier remains non-homegrown in the Premier League list as he came from Sporting Lisbon’s academy. 

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