Aston Villa are weighing up whether to make a second bid for Manchester United and Chelsea target and Stoke City star Asmir Begovic, reports the Daily Star.
This comes after the Villans saw an offer rejected for the 28-year-old, who the Potters apparently rate at £10m. Manager Mark Hughes seems to be asking for a high price when considering the player has just 12 months left on his contract at the Britannia Stadium. With the chance to get the Bosnia international for free next summer, it would seem rash to pay so much for him now.
The goalkeeper has proven himself to be reliable in the Premier League since joining Stoke from Portsmouth. He has made 172 appearances for Stoke, and enjoys a good reputation in the game. This has led to the Champions League sides’ interest, but at both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge it is likely Begovic would be a backup for a more high profile stopper.
With the Blues Thibaut Courtois has the position tied down and is widely seen as one of the best goalies in the world. Meanwhile the Red Devils currently have the similarly highly thought of David De Gea wearing the gloves and even if he goes, which he will if Real Madrid have anything to say about it [Daily Mail], Begovic would have to fight with former Barcelona man Victor Valdes for a spot in the side.
Meanwhile at Villa it is likely the ‘keeper would be number one. Neither Brad Guzan and 39-year-old Shay Given have been able to nail down a place between the sticks since Tim Sherwood became manager, and the Potters ace is a cut above both players. However, the Midlands club will have to up their offer if they want to get their man.