West Ham is reportedly lining up a January loan move for Chelsea’s second-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
ESPN are claiming that West Ham United are showing interest in Chelsea stopper Asmir Begovic. The Bosnian, who is the second-choice to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge, is being lined upby Slaven Bilic as a January target for the Hammers.
Asmir Begovic impressed fans and came first on the radar of top clubs during his time at Stoke City. The player moved to Chelsea before the start of the 2015-16 season, but found himself playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois, who is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers, alongside David De Gea and others.
Even though the 29-year-old made 17 league appearances for the Blues in his debut season, the custodian was rumoured to be unhappy at being the second-choice keeper at Stamford Bridge. New manager Antonio Conte has not played the Bosnian in the Premier League with all three of his appearances coming in the EFL Cup.
Begovic was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during the summer and is now on the radar of West Ham, who have been a distant shadow of their own selves this season. Slaven Bilic is seeking additions to solidify the Hammers defence.
Bilic has relegated former first-choice Adrian to the bench and has been playing Darren Randolph in his stead, who has performed well in his outings up until now. But a player like Begovic would serve as an immediate upgrade in the respective position and would also provide Bilic with a leader who can marshal his defence, which seems imperative for the Londoners.
Asmir Begovic would also love the prospect of greater playing time and regular first-team football, something the player is reportedly seeking and is even prepared to leave Chelsea for the same, as per the reports. It would be interesting, however, to see if Antonio Conte lets Begovic go without a replacement being signed for the 29-year-old, which seems unlikely.
West Ham, though, are certain to approach their fellow Londoners in an attempt to sign the player on loan in January in hopes that either Chelsea get a replacement in the January window or that Conte nevertheless allows the player to leave.