Hart was undoubtedly one of the best keepers around a few years back - whether it's compacency or confidence (something important for most positions but even more so for a keeper) he's lost his way a bit relative to that high.
I've often thought it takes a different mentality as a keeper to be in goal for a mid table side where you are kept busy versus a top side where you are called into action twice in a match. He'll see more of the former playing for us (especially if we revert to the tried and porous 4-2-3-1) and I personally think that'll bring more of the best out of him.
The financial details are such that this won't impact our ability to sign a striker THIS summer (£50k per week is on a par with Adrian/Randolph and the sale of one of them will cover the loan fee so it's cost neutral). Obviously it will next summer but we will then be making an informed decision based on how he plays. If we end up not signing enough firepower it won't be because of the Hart signing.
If anything I suspect it will help our striker search. Rate him or not he does have much more of a world footballing brand, which could be seen as a tangible sign by potential striker targets that we are looking to improve on last season rather than accept mid table mediocrity.
I love Adrian and he can be great on his day but it's too easy to gloss over how poor he was in the spell that culminated in the Stoke game. You could feel the tension in the stands every time it went into the air around our box. Randolph just isn't good enough and if we manage to sell him to Newcastle as their first choice then i feel immediately more confident about finishing above them the coming season.
Good signing in my view