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Joe Hart set to sign for Sunderland, if you believe the betting odds

The bookmakers might be breaking news now...

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The bookmakers might breaking sports news now.

The odds of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart joining Sunderland have been slashed from 33/1 to only 2/1, which means the Black Cats are now big favorites to sign Hart. Such a massive change has to have a reason, and it does. And it makes sense.

Sunderland starting goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been ruled out for at least three months, manager David Moyes announced on Friday.

“Vito has torn ligaments in his elbow and we’re waiting to see whether if it will require surgery or be put in a brace for the time being, but it’s a significant injury and the doctor’s first feeling is that it will be a minimum of three months.”

Asked if he's planning to sign a new keeper, Moyes was clear:

“We will definitely need to look for another goalkeeper. We only have a young goalkeeper after Jordan Pickford so we will definitely have to find another one."


That new goalkeeper could be Joe Hart, who wants to find a new club before the end of the transfer window. Man City sporting director Txiki Begiristain said he will help Hart find a new club, and he's already working on that. Now that Mannone's injured and Sunderland need a true Premier League goalkeeper, there's an opportunity for Hart to sign for the Black Cats on loan.

If the bookmakers are right, Hart might have found his new club.