Date: 16th May 2019 at 4:00pm
Written by: Seb Franklin

Nottingham Forest named Costel Pantilimon, Luke Steele and Jordan Smith on their retained list, but Martin O’Neill has been rotating goalkeepers in recent weeks which could suggest he’s open to strengthen his options between the sticks. According to Sports DNA, the Reds are interested in Asmir Begovic.

The 31-year-old has struggled for playing time in the South Coast and is keen to move away this summer. Begovic was a regular for Bournemouth during the first-half of the season, making 24 Premier League appearances, but he fell out of favour in mid-January.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina international featured only twice in the league in the last four months, with Eddie Howe preferring Artur Boruc in goal. Since joining the Cherries in 2017, Begovic has made 70 appearances in all competitions, keeping 12 clean sheets. He won’t come cheap to sign, however.

According to Aaron Flanagan of the Mirror, Begovic has a £7m asking price. Spotrac say the Bournemouth stopper earns £3.64m-a-year/£70k-per-week at Dean Court. Forest would have to pay a package of more than £10m to bring the 31-year-old to the City Ground this summer.

If Begovic was signed, Steele and Smith might have uncertain futures in the East Midlands.

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