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Report: West Ham want to sign Bournemouth stopper Asmir Begovic in January
Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images

Report: West Ham want to sign Bournemouth stopper Asmir Begovic in January

According to a report from the Sun, West Ham are interested in signing Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in January.

The 32-year-old Cherries stopper is currently on loan with Azerbaijan outfit Qarabag, and he clearly doesn’t have a future at the Vitality Stadium.

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The 61-capped Bosnia and Herzegovina international  was signed by Bournemouth from Chelsea for £8 million (BBC Sport) in the summer of 2015.

Asmir Begovic (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

And Begovic, who earns £70,000 per week according to Spotrac, would be a wise addition for the Hammers.

Standing at 6ft 6in tall, the Bournemouth owned stopper is a commanding physical presence.

He is a great organiser and commands his penalty area with authority. Something that West Ham desperately lack when Lukasz Fabianski isn’t playing.

The Bosnian is so far down the pecking order at Bournemouth that Eddie Howe would surely be tempted to sell him. Even it it means him joining another Premier League club.

Asmir Begovic (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Begovic’s loan with Qarabag expires on December 31st, so he will be free to join West Ham in January.

The Sun claims that Derby, Birmingham and PSV Eindhoven are also monitoring the experienced stopper.

Quite how much the Hammers will have to pay for his services, however, remains to be seen. He is out of contract in the summer of 2021. So the east London outfit should be able to pick him up for a bargain.