'I'd take him in a heartbeat' - Exclusive: Mills urges West Ham to sign reportedly in-demand ace

Danny Mills urged West Ham to sign Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as his experience could prove useful.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the ex-England defender revealed that he thinks Begovic is a quality keeper and suggested that the Hammers’ younger keepers could learn from him.

It was recently reported that the Cherries have offered the Hammers the chance to sign Begovic on loan with him understood to prefer a move to a Premier League side.

It is believed that the experienced shot-stopper is in-demand with Qarabag as well as a number of Championship clubs being interested in him.

Mills explained that he’d personally sign Begovic in a heartbeat if the 32-year-old is truly set to be available to recruit in January.

When asked if the Hammers should take Bournemouth up on their offer to borrow Begovic, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah definitely.

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“A goalkeeper of that quality, people thought Nigel Martyn was at the end of his career then he was fantastic for a few more seasons, Mark Schwarzer did similar as he was good for both Leicester and Chelsea.

“I think experienced keepers just give you that little bit of assurance, and for a young keeper, it gives you an opportunity to learn.

“If he is available, I’d take him in a heartbeat.”

Begovic spent the first part of his 2019/20 campaign on loan at Azerbaijani club Qarabag before returning to Bournemouth at the end of December.

The Bosnia-Herzegovina stopper has played 252 times in the Premier League in his career so far, racking up 63 clean sheets in the process.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that there has been a major development in the Hammers’ hunt for a new keeper.