Everton are nearing the signing of Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on a free transfer – with former Chelsea man set to provide cover for current No 1 Jordan Pickford
- Begovic underwent a medical on Saturday after being allowed to talk to Everton
- The 34-year-old will provide competition for Pickford after Robin Olsen left
- Cherries star was named in last season’s EFL Championship Team of the Year
Everton are close to finalising a free transfer for Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The 34-year-old underwent a medical on Saturday after being given permission to talk to the Goodison club, and will provide cover for Jordan Pickford.
Begovic, who played 51 times last year for the Cherries in all competitions and was named in the EFL Championship Team of the Year, will sign a one-year deal with an option for another year’s extension.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is close to signing for Everton on a free transfer
If confirmed, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will provide cover for Jordan Pickford
Everton were without an experienced backup goalkeeper after Robin Olsen returned to Roma this summer after his loan spell and former Huddersfield man Jonas Lossl left for Midtjylland in February.
Youngsters Joao Virginia, 21, and Harry Tyrer, 19, were thought to be considered currently unsuitable to provide cover in the Premier League.
Bosnia and Herzegovina international Begovic earned a move to Chelsea after several stellar years at Stoke, but left for Bournemouth after two seasons at Stamford Bridge.