Harry Redknapp says he almost signed Asmir Begovic for Tottenham

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Former West Ham United and QPR manager Harry Redknapp says that he wanted to sign Chelsea-linked Asmir Begovic for Tottenham Hotspur.

Harry Redknapp has revealed on Kicca.com that he almost signed Asmir Begovic for Tottenham Hotspur when he was in charge of the North London outfit.

The Englishman worked with the Bosnia and Herzegovina international goalkeeper at Portsmouth, and he seems to rate the 28-year-old highly.

“I had him at Portsmouth and nearly took him with me to Tottenham but when he turned up at the Spurs training ground he saw the Croatian keeper Stipe Pletikosa who was only there to say hi to a few mates like Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar,” the former West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers boss wrote on Kicca.com.

“However, Asmir thought we were going to sign him as well and didn’t fancy it so quickly turned around without telling us and drove up to sign for Stoke.

“We were calling him telling him he’d got it wrong and that Pletikosa was only there to see his friends and not to sign for us but it was too late!

“We laugh about it when we meet up now! As it turns out we did end up getting Pletikosa as cover on loan!”

Good enough for Chelsea?

Begovic is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League and has been linked with a move to English champions Chelsea this summer.

According to The Guardian, talks between Chelsea and Stoke City have already taken place, with the Potters aiming to get around £8 million for the 28-year-old.

Begovic has been on the books of Stoke since 2010, and he does deserve a move to a bigger club.

The former Portsmouth goalkeeper is certainly a quality player, but he is going to be the number two between the posts at Stamford Bridge.

Thibaut Courtois is the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea, and Begovic will be his back-up if he moves to the London club.

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