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Hart stopper.

The club announced the signing of England under 19 keeper Joe Hart from Shrewsbury yesterday in a deal worth an initial £600,000 (potentially rising to £1.5 million dependent on a string of conditions).

We had been tracking the keeper for some time and a move was suggested back in the January transfer window, but the move came as a little bit of a surprise due to the rumours of other bigger signings (ahem) such as Dickov, Traore and Fortune.

Shrewsbury manager Gary Peters stated that Hart will 'play for England one day' and it seems that he is line to become heir apparant to David James.

One interesting point is the potential log jam in the reserve side next season as both Hart and Kaspar Schmeichel are too old for the youth side so will be battling Nicky Weaver for playing time. Expect to see Schmeichel - and possibly Hart spending time elsewhere next season.