Young Manchester City goalkeeper Paul Hart is likely to be sent out on loan next season.
City boss Mark Hughes is toying with the idea, citing it as a great chance to further develop the England U21 international.
"It is something we are looking at," Hughes said.
"It might benefit Joe because it would give him the chance to play on a more regular basis.
"That in itself would help his development. It is something we are seriously considering and it might well happen."