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Napoli Prepare January Swoop For Coveted Stoke City Keeper

Serie A high flyers want Bosnian to be their long-term keeper in Naples. 

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Napoli head coach Rafa Benitez is interested in signing highly rated Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic when the transfer window finally reopens for business for the year in January, according to reports in the Sun.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has been one of the standout shot stoppers in the Premier League in recent seasons, with a number of top-flights clubs understood to have been interested in landing Begovic during the summer, including Benitez’s former club Liverpool.

However, against all expectations, the 26-year-old stayed put at the Britannia Stadium, where he has once again begun the new campaign with a series of eye-catching displays between the sticks under new Potters manager Mark Hughes.

But with Hughes armed with both experienced Denmark international Thomas Sorensen and young England keeper Jack Butland as backups to first-choice Begovic at Stoke at present, the club are believed to be open to the idea of allowing the Bosnian star to move on come the turn of the year, if an interested party meets their full valuation of the keeper that is.

Begovic has been at Stoke now for the past three years, having been bought from Portsmouth for just £3.25 million, with the player having since made 108 appearances for the club in all competitions.

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