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Report: Celtic to rival Stoke for Bournemouth star Asmir Begovic

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Report: Celtic to rival Stoke for Bournemouth star Asmir Begovic

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international could leave Bournemouth this summer after falling out of favour.

Celtic are among a clutch of clubs interested in signing Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to the Daily Star.

The Cherries star is thought to be deemed surplus at the Vitality Stadium. Celtic are in a race with Watford and Stoke for his signature.

Begovic played 24 games last season but was dropped in January following some erratic form.

Doubts have now been raised over his future with the club.

Begovic arrived at the Cherries from Chelsea and the report from the Daily Star does claim he is ‘happy’ at Bournemouth and ‘ready to fight for his place’.

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The 32-year-old could change his stance if he to fail in his quest to win his place back.

 

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is keen on the Bosnian, as he looks to build a squad capable of qualifying for the Champions League.

The report suggests that it could take £10 million to land the international stopper.

A vastly experienced goalkeeper, Begovic has played 252 Premier League games and his arrival in the Scottish Premiership would represent a massive coup.

TBR Verdict

Scott Bain and Craig Gordon competed for the gloves last season at Celtic and Begovic would offer an upgrade on either of those.

Bain, in particular, wasn’t without concern last season. The 27-year-old occasionally looked haphazard and Celtic could look towards a better stopper.

The ex-Stoke City man lost his way a little bit last season but that doesn’t make him a bad custodian.

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A chance to revive his career, play some football and potentially become part of a tremendous Celtic team must be an attractive proposition.

He would head to Celtic to potentially play Champions League football and that must be a tempter for Begovic.

At 32 the chance to play in Europe and win trophies is running out. The Scottish league would represent an obvious drop in standard but it could be an ideal move.

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