Newcastle are interesting in completing a surprise deal for Joe Hart this month, according to the Mirror.

Rafa Benitez was interested in signing the England international last summer before he moved to West Ham on a season-long loan.

Now that Hart has lost his place to Adrian for the Hammers, the Magpies are making enquiries with Manchester City to take him off their hands.

It would take both West Ham and the Citizens to agree to end Hart’s current loan deal.

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West Ham may be keen to shift the 30-year old, who is a considerable drain of the London club’s wage budget. They may look to terminate his loan to free up space for January incomings.

City will also be looking to get Hart as much game time as possible, ahead of potentially selling him on in the summer, and Hart himself will be desperate for minutes ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

Newcastle are in the middle of a takeover from businesswoman Amanda Staveley, and are likely to have some funds to play with.

West Ham are also interested in Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, which could possible play into the deal going ahead.