Bournemouth thought they sorted out their dilemma between the sticks when they signed Asmir Begovic from Chelsea back in the summer of 2017.
However, the 31-year-old has since fallen out of favour under Eddie Howe, and the Englishman now appears to be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper.
According to Football Insider, Bournemouth recently sent scouts to go and watch Stoke City’s Jack Butland with Howe making the signing of a new shot-stopper a priority for the upcoming transfer window.
And looking at some of Begovic’s performances this season, especially of late, it is not hard to see why.
For as good as Begovic can be on his day, the former Chelsea man simply has too many errors in his game.
Bearing that in mind, ditching him for his ex-Stoke City team-mate could be a smart move.
Butland can also be guilty of making the odd mistake but, at 26, he still has plenty of time to eradicate those errors in contrast to the ageing Begovic.
While, overall, the England international remains a talented goalkeeper who has just been unlucky with injuries down the years.
He is a solid shot-stopper and a No.1 who has has the confidence to marshal his defence and take responsibility.
Had it not been for a serious ankle injury he suffered, the Birmingham City academy graduate could have so easily been England’s first-choice between the sticks ahead of Jordan Pickford.
All is not lost, however, and a move to a Premier League outfit like Bournemouth could just be thing to help him increase his standing in the England squad.
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