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Hart seals Torino move amid transfer scramble

Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 13:45

Joe Hart has completed his shock loan move to Torino for the rest of the 2016-2017 season after being deemed surplus to the requirements of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall believes Torino is the right move for Joe Hart, but great pressure will come with it.

Hart, now training with the England squad ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Slovakia flew to Turin to finalise the deal.

Ivorian worldwide Wilfried Bony, has joined Premier League (PL) side Stoke City from Manchester City.

To retain his place as England 'keeper, Hart needs regular football in a season that will see the Three Lions begin their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in a Group F featuring Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.

New England boss Sam Allardyce looks set to stick with Hart as his No. 1, but said it was important that he was playing first-team football regularly.

Where he ends up in a year's time is still up in the air but for now City fans are reeling from the fact one of the men that helped them win their first Premier League title in 2012 is no longer a part of the team. I am very happy to be able to test myself in a lovely and hard league such as Serie A.

Hart and Nasri are former City stalwarts, while Ivory Coast striker Bony arrived from Swansea City past year at a cost of 25 million pounds.

"So, for that reason, and on behalf of the entire club, I'm pleased to offer Joe a warm welcome". I have already met Attilio Lombardo, with whom I worked in Manchester winning a lot: I hope to live the same emotions this year. He said: "Joe Hart is a goalkeeper of worldwide level, with significant experience gained both with Manchester City, both with the National English where among other things he made his debut very young, at age 21". The coach wants players who are humble and have ambition.

Hart could make his Torino debut on 11 September when the "Granata" face Atalanta in Bergamo.

Hart is not the only departure from the club, however, with striker Wilfried Bony, playmaker Samir Nasri and defender Eliaquim Mangala all offloaded.