Report: Aston Villa fail in bid for Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic

Tim Sherwood is reportedly keen to bring in top-quality competition for Brad Guzan.

Jack Butland’s emergence at Stoke City towards the end of last season relegated Asmir Begovic to the bench for a number of Premier League fixtures, a situation the Bosnian keeper wasn’t overly thrilled about.

He has been linked with a move to Chelsea in recent days, by the likes of The Mail, as they seek to replace the outgoing Petr Cech but it is believed the lack of first-team football available at Stamford Bridge is a stumbling block.

Aston Villa’s interest was reported yesterday, by the Birmingham Mail, with the Midlands club reportedly unwilling to match Stoke’s £10 million valuation. Sky Sports now claim that an Aston Villa bid has been rejected by Stoke and it appears Sherwood will have to up his offer if he is to land the 28-year old.

Shay Given deputised well for Brad Guzan at times last season, most notably in the run through to the FA Cup final, but at 39 years of age, his years at the top of the game are dwindling.

The arrival of Begovic would give Sherwood the welcome problem of two top-quality goalkeepers battling for the number one spot. At £10 million, however, his signing would constitute a significant chunk of The Villans transfer kitty and it could be argued that other areas of the squad are a greater priority.

Ron Vlaar's impending exit has only been partially covered by the arrival of Micah Richards and more experience is required at the heart of Villa's defence. The failure to secure Tom Cleverley on a permanent deal, after his successful loan last year, also suggests midfield reinforcements are needed.

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