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West Ham reportedly offered Asmir Begovic: Short-term fix for a long-term problem
Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images

West Ham reportedly offered Asmir Begovic: Short-term fix for a long-term problem

According to a report from Sky Sports, West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The 32-year-old has been on loan with Qarabag since the summer, but he allegedly wants a Premier League return.

Begovic, who earns £70,000 per week according to Spotrac, joined the Cherries in the summer of 2017 for a fee believed to be worth £10 million, according to the Times.

The 6ft 6in stopper has 62 international caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina to his name. So it is clear that he is a well established player.

But he isn’t what West Ham need.

A short-term fix for a long-term problem

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

Lukasz Fabianski is the Hammers’ current number one. And it is clear that he needs more competition.

Begovic would provide that, and he would undoubtedly be an upgrade on Roberto and David Martin.

It is worth remembering, however, that Fabianski will be 35 in April, so West Ham should be looking at a younger goalkeeper who can provide competition and cover for the Pole now, but someone who could also end up being his long-term successor.

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

And at 32, Begovic certainly doesn’t fit that criteria.

Someone like Stoke City’s Jack Butland would be a much better option for the Hammers. He would be more expensive, sure, but a signing who might just help take the east London outfit to the next level.

This month’s transfer window is a vitally important one for West Ham. And bringing in the Bosnian would be the wrong way to go about their business.

The Hammers need to end the practice of signing has-beens who are past their best on big wages. The whole culture at the football club is broken.

And bringing in Begovic would only add to that problem in the long-term.