Nottingham Forest are looking into the possibility of signing Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to Greek outlet SDNA.
The report implies that Olympiakos were keen on the Bosnian custodian, although it seems that Evangelos Marinakis’ other club is the more likely interested party.
Forest boss Martin O’Neill will probably look to strengthen his squad in all departments during the summer. The goalkeeping ranks currently boast Costel Pantilimon and Luke Steele.
The 27-year-old has fallen out of reckoning under Eddie Howe towards the end of the season. He has played 24 games this season but didn’t play in any of the Cherries’ last five fixtures.
At this stage, the report doesn’t suggest what fee Forest will have to fork out for his services. Begovic has two years to run on his current deal and Howe’s stance on a potential move remain unclear.
The Seat Pitch Verdict
It’s a fair assessment to suggest that these are the sort of summer transfer rumours that Forest fans want to hear.
Begovic is a proven stopper boasting over 200 Premier League appearances and his City Ground arrival would represent a real coup.
Forest fell short in their play-off mission this season. The squad is still pretty decent, however, and with a few quality additions, O’Neill’s men will be in a good position to challenge during 2019/20.
One stumbling block could be the finances of the deal. Begovic earns £70k-a-week at the Vitality Stadium, according to Spotrac. That won’t be possible for Forest and a significant wage cut would be needed if the Reds have any chance.
Pantilimon was vastly improved during the second half of the campaign. If Forest are to win promotion, however, they perhaps could benefit from a safer pair of hands than the Romanian.