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David Moyes set to decide Joe Hart's West Ham future - sources

West Ham United manager David Moyes will have the final say on whether goalkeeper Joe Hart will be allowed to seek first-team football away from the London Stadium in order to safeguard his place in England's World Cup squad, sources have told ESPN FC.

Hart, on a season-long loan at West Ham from Manchester City, kept a clean sheet in Sunday's goalless draw against League One outfit Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup third round after being handed a rare opportunity by Moyes.

Having started the season as first-choice under previous manager Slaven Bilic, Hart has not figured in the Premier League under Moyes since losing his place to Spanish keeper Adrian at the beginning of December.

Adrian's impressive form since ousting Hart from the team has coincided with West Ham's upturn in results and Hart now faces a battle to win back his place.

Despite struggling for form and consistency since a disappointing campaign at Euro 2016 with England -- Hart spent last season loan at Torino after being told he had no future at City by Pep Guardiola -- the 75-times capped keeper remains in Gareth Southgate's plans for Russia 2018.

Joe Hart West Ham
Joe Hart has now fallen down the pecking order at West Ham.

But a prolonged period without first-team football at West Ham would jeopardise Hart's World Cup prospects and potentially see him slip out of the reckoning with Stoke's Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford of Everton recently being handed chances by Southgate.

With only six months remaining on his contract at City, sources have told ESPN FC that the hierarchy at the Etihad Stadium would not stand in Hart's way if another club was prepared to take on his wages this season should West Ham be prepared to let him leave.

But with Hart the only experienced alternative to Adrian, Moyes would have to secure the services of another senior goalkeeper before allowing Hart to move on.

Newcastle United are interested in Hart, sources have told ESPN FC, but with no break clause in his West Ham loan deal, Moyes would have to sanction any termination of his loan contract if the 30-year-old was to seek a move in order to play regularly ahead of the World Cup.

Mark Ogden is a senior football writer for ESPN FC. Follow him @MarkOgden_


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