£7.5m for Asmir Begovic is a risk Nottingham Forest cannot take

Nottingham Forest's manager Martin O'Neill during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers at City Ground on May 5, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

Championship giants Nottingham Forest will reportedly have to pay a hefty fee to sign Bournemouth's Premier League goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Asmir Begovic of Bournemouth reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on December 30, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.

One damning statistic sums up the miserable season endured by Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

No player in the Premier League made as many errors leading to goals as the experienced Bosnian shot-stopper throughout 2018/19. In total, he cost his time on five separate occasions.


Clearly, Begovic is not the same commanding, reliable presence that shone at Stoke City and earned a big money move to Chelsea in 2015.

So the warning signs are there for Nottingham Forest amid claims from SDNA that they are hoping to sign the 31-year-old this summer – especially with Bournemouth still set to demand a hefty sum for a goalkeeper who looks a shadow of his former self.

Asmir Begovic of AFC Bournemouth (27) looks dejected as Troy Deeney of Watford (9) celebrates as he scores his team's second goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth...

According to The Mail, The Cherries value Begovic at £7.5 million. This would make him the second most expensive player in Forest’s history, sitting only behind Portuguese playmaker Joao Carvalho.

Now, this is not to say that Begovic is incapable of rediscovering the form that once made him one of the Premier League’s elite stoppers. But paying £7.5 million for a man who lost his place to 39-year-old Artur Boruc is a risk perhaps not worth taking.

Asmir Begovic of AFC Bournemouth looks dejected following the Premier League match between Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth at The King Power Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Leicester,...

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