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Everton boss Koeman rules out Joe Hart move

City manager Pep Guardiola’s move for Claudio Bravo is likely to mean England goalkeeper Joe Hart will be sold before next week’s transfer deadline © AFP/File / Oli Scarff

LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 25Everton manager Ronald Koeman has dismissed talk of a move for out of favour Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Hart is set to leave City after being reduced to a fringe role since Pep Guardiola’s arrival as manager and the England international had been strongly linked with a switch to Everton.

With City signing Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo to replace him on Thursday, it seemed the 29-year-old had made his farewell appearance 24 hours earlier in a Champions League play-off win against Steaua Bucharest at Eastlands.

But Hart’s next destination remains uncertain after Koeman distanced himself from a potential deal for the former Shrewsbury keeper.

Everton’s new manager Ronald Koeman pictured before kick-off at the English Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur in Liverpool on August 13, 2016 © AFP/File / Geoff Caddick

“There’s no interest,” Koeman told reporters on Thursday.

There have been reports that Hart’s reported £110,000-per-week wages are putting off interested clubs.

Koeman, who signed Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg from Fulham during the close season, denied Hart had ever been a target, saying: “No…no,” when pressed on his interest in the City star.