By Will Butcher
Everton manager Ronald Koeman is keen on signing a third goalkeeper this summer by bringing in Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to a report.
Koeman has already recruited two keepers – Holland international Martin Stekelenburg and 18-year-old Chris Renshaw, who has joined the academy.
According to the Daily Mail, Koeman is still in the market for a first-choice goalkeeper and could well move for Begovic, who is keen for regular first-team action.
The Toffees allowed American Tim Howard to return to his native country and join Colorado Rapids, while Joel Robles could be forced out if Begovic is brought in.
The Bosnian has largely been Thibaut Courtois’ understudy at Stamford Bridge, although he had an extended run when the Belgian missed three months of 2015-16 with a knee injury.
The 29-year-old made 17 Premier League appearances this season, but only managed to keep a clean sheet four times in a faltering Chelsea side.
Chelsea seem happy to let the former Stoke goalkeeper leave, with the Daily Mail reporting that they have already lined up a replacement in AC Milan veteran Diego Alves.
The west Londoners bought Begovic for £8million last summer, and with three years still left on his contract it’s likely that Everton will have to pay something similar to tempt Chelsea into accepting an offer.
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