Wednesday 19 Jul
Updated Wednesday 19 Jul 09:31
Opinion

Joe Hart is the ‘best goalkeeper’ I have worked with – David Sullivan

David Sullivan

 

Joint-Chairman David Sullivan is looking forward to being reunited with the ‘best goalkeeper’ he has worked with in Joe Hart.

West Ham United have signed England’s No1 on a season-long loan from Manchester City, reunifying Hart with the man who brought him to Birmingham City in 2009.

Eight years on, Mr Sullivan is delighted to have again secured the services of a stopper who earned a place in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year during his season at St Andrews.

“Joe was absolutely fantastic for us at Birmingham City eight years ago,” said the Joint-Chairman, who played an influential role in completing the deal for the 30-year-old. “He is the best goalkeeper I’ve worked with and I fully expect him to be equally as good for us this coming season.

“I have been working on this transfer for some months and to see Joe wearing a West Ham United shirt is very satisfying. I expect him to be a great player for our Club and can’t wait to see him in a Hammers shirt at London Stadium for the first time.

“Joe has gone from strength to strength since his season at Birmingham, when he was voted Player of the Year, and it would not surprise me at all if he is in the running for the Hammer of the Year award come next May.”

 

Joe Hart
Joe Hart played for David Sullivan at Birmingham City in 2009

 

Hart joins his former Manchester City teammate and fellow two-time Premier League champion Pablo Zabaleta at London Stadium, and the Joint-Chairman revealed the summer spending is not yet over.

“We are concentrating solely now on signing two attackers, then we will be satisfied,” the Joint-Chairman confirmed.

“We said at the start of the summer that we wanted to prioritise quality over quantity and that is what we have done, and what we will continue to do.

“The Board and the management know we need a couple of players who will help us to score more goals next season, so that is what we will be concentrating on over the coming days and weeks.”