Everton are closing in on a deal to sign goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as a back-up option to Jordan Pickford, according to a Tweet from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The Bosnia & Herzegovina international is in the final year of his current deal with Bournemouth, but the Dorset-based side are ready to release the shot-stopper prematurely.
According to the Italian transfer expert Romano, a deal for the goalkeeper is a ‘done deal’ and will be confirmed imminently, with Begovic signing a deal until June 2023.
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Begovic is a veteran of the Premier League, with the 34-year-old Canada youth international having played for the likes of Portsmouth, Stoke City and Chelsea.
Begovic holds a Premier League winner’s medal earned during his spell with Chelsea.
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It may not be the most spectacular of signings that will arrive at the club this summer but bringing in a replacement for Robin Olsen to deputise for Pickford was always a priority.
Former manager Carlo Ancelotti’s willingness to trust Olsen to rotate in for Pickford on occasion provided meaningful competition for the England no. 1, who has enjoyed a steady rise in consistency and quality between the posts.
With the looming threat of Financial Fair Play regulations hanging over the club, adding a goalkeeper with Begovic’s Premier League experience will serve as a cost-effective stop-gap for the lack of goalkeeping depth.
It is difficult to see Begovic meaningfully ousting Pickford, though the proven veteran retains the capacity to push Pickford on and off the pitch.
Romano’s Tweet indicates cheap deals for Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend are on the way too, indicating an early trio of transfers under Rafa Benitez will come at knock-down bargain prices.