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Man United up the ante in transfer pursuit

begovic.jpgOne story that keeps cropping up inside the Football Transfer Tavern is the proposed move of Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Manchester United, and Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail reckons there is further reason to believe the deal is a dead certainty this summer.

It is understood that Sir Alex Ferguson sent scouts to watch Begovic in action for Bosnia Herzegovina against Greece on Friday in a World Cup 2014 qualifier.

The league leaders are keen to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer, either as genuine competition or a direct replacement for David De Gea, who has occasionally been linked with a move back to Spain.

Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to be interested in luring Begovic from the Britannia Stadium.

The Potters have a deal in place to bring Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland to the club in the summer, fuelling speculation Begovic could be sold.

The Stoke number one has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford since the summer, but he insists the speculation about his future does not affect him.

“I’m not under more pressure because United are watching me,” he told Bosnian media outlet¬†Sport.ba.

“I’m glad that they do because that means I’m doing something good. It gives me more motivation to do better and better.

“I’m pleased that the big clubs are interested in me but as I have said many times – I’m happy at Stoke City because they gave me a chance do play in Premier League.

“We will see what will happen in the summer. In football you can never know 100 per cent.”

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