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Blues Strike Hart Loan Deal With Man City

Blues Strike Hart Loan Deal With Man City

Birmingham City vice-chairman Peter Pannu has revealed that the club has been successful in getting Manchester City to let keeper Joe Hart stay on loan for another season.

There is no secret that Blues are interested in signing Hart on a permanent deal, but that looks very unlikely to happen.

Hart`s performances for Birmingham this season has prompted talk of a call-up to the England World Cup squad.

Pannu says that they have approached City with a view to getting the player on a permanent deal, but the Eastland`s outfit have rejected the idea point blank.

'What has happened is that we have actually approached Manchester City with a view to buying him,' said Pannu, speaking to a fans' forum.

'But the difficulty is that we have recognised him as a fabulous goalie and Manchester City recognise that as well.

'So they very politely rejected our approach to them to purchase him. They have said they will let him stay here for another season on loan, but he is not for sale.'

He added: 'They appreciate the way Alex has built him up, he has got a very strong reputation in England. They appreciate that and will give us priority on the loan deal.

'He will be with us for another season, unless anything changes. That is the position.'


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Date:Wednesday February 17 2010
Time: 1:08PM


Joe Hart is an absoloutely fantastic young keeper and is playing our of his skin at Birmingham. Getting him for another year is a coup indeed. There's no doubt he'll eventually take the reigns at City in the near future, and potentially England too.
17/02/2010 13:37:00
One thing is for certain, we'll have to sell Shay if we want Joe back for 11/12. By then, (if not already!) there's no way he'll be playing second fiddle to anybody! I think only a mega-bid could persuade us (£20M+), and i can't see anyone doing that! I'll also add that i don't think it's down to Alex McLeish that he's doing so well.
17/02/2010 14:09:00
PS, if he's not Englands No.1 for this summer then Capello will loose brownie points with me!
17/02/2010 14:10:00
RGS, I think you're doing McLeish a disservice. He's proved to be a very good coach, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's played at least a small part in his development. Hell, look at Birminghams league position in relation to their expenditure, compare and contrast with the teams around them. He's got to be doing something right.

as Fabio picks on form I think you're right, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he comes with us to South Africa as Englands number one. I have very few doubts about that!
17/02/2010 15:04:00
Gunnerman, I know McLeish is a great coach, I wasn't implying anything untoward. I just think that Hart would have done well wherever he was sent on loan! I do think the schooling was laid out at our place though.
17/02/2010 22:29:00
the kid is immense, end of story. No-one else comes close not even Iker Casillas
18/02/2010 13:53:00
Followed Joe's career since seeing him play for Shrewsbury. Obvious then he had something, but he's progressed unbelievably. Could be the best English 'keeper since Banks, has to go to the World Cup.
20/02/2010 22:04:00
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