AFC Bournemouth and Bosnia-Herzegovina international Asmir Begovic recently returned to the south coast following the end of his loan move to Qarabag in Azerbaijan.
The 32-year-old had an incredible fall from grace last season, starting the campaign as the Cherries first-choice goalkeeper but ending it behind young prospects Mark Travers and Aaron Ramsdale with veteran Artur Boruc restored to the starting line-up.
During the summer he was linked with potential moves to Spain’s La Liga, France’s Ligue 1 and Italy’s Serie A, but ended up in Azerbaijan, presumably if the Daily Star is to be believed, because of his £110,000-a-week wages were an obstacle to other clubs.
He has since returned following that loan move and is looking again to get out of Dean Court, a move that looks set to happen quickly.
Premier League relegation rivals Aston Villa recently lost Tom Heaton for the rest of the season following knee ligament damage, whilst West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has suffered a torrid season with injury.
Both clubs according to the tabloid, had their interest in Begovic rebuffed as AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe “blocked” any possibility of Begovic joining “any fellow Premier League struggler”.
Aston Villa quickly moved to secure another target and that move could well trigger Begovic’s latest departure.
Aston Villa have now targetted Pepe Reina who is currently in Italy with AC Milan and the Italian giants now want Begovic as his replacement to play second fiddle behind Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Gianluca Di Marzio.com published a video of Begovic arriving for his medical on Sunday and he could complete the move in time to feature in their Coppa Italia match against SPAL on Wednesday 15th January.
I hope he goes to Villa, as his rate of conceding goals, and unforced errors should give us a massive advantage.
They can buy him though, none of that loan rubbish. – Join the conversation, click here.