Report: Contract updates on Asmir Begovic and Mark Hughes

Stoke seem keen to give their manager and goalkeeper new contracts. Tottenham and Inter Milan are said to be interested in Begovic.

Stoke City are set to sit down with goalkeeper Asmir Begovic over a new contract according to the Daily Telegraph, while they're expected to announce that manager Mark Hughes will sign a new deal at the Britannia Stadium. 

Hughes took over from Tony Pulis at the start of last season and the Potters are on course for another strong showing in the Premier League, as they currently sit in eighth place in the table. An announcement is expected ahead of this weekend's game against Crystal Palace.

As for Begovic, with his new deal running out at the end of next season, Stoke are currently trying to fight off admirers in the form of Tottenham and Inter Milan. 

The report suggests that Tottenham could target Begovic if Hugo Lloris were to leave the club in the summer, despite the Frenchman signing a long-term deal before the start of the season, while Roberto Mancini is reportedly a fan.

The price tag that Stoke have on Begovic is £12 million, and for a goalkeeper that appears to attract the attention of clubs who have ambitions of Champions League qualification, Stoke will not want to let him leave for less than that amount if he does think his future is way from the Britannia Stadium. 

Potters chairman Peter Coates is quoted in the article, saying: “We will be working hard to convince Asmir to sign a new contract before the end of this season.

“He’s got a year left after this summer and we have to be realistic, we don’t want to get into a situation where his value diminishes if he doesn’t sign." 

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