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30th Nov, 2016 | 1:03pm

Report: West Ham eye proven Premier League ace as January priority, alternative lined up

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham are targeting Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in a January move, according to a report.

UK outlet Bleacher Report claimed via a video on their website that the Hammers have set the 29-year-old goalkeeper ace as their priority for the position.

However, it is claimed that bringing the former Stoke City shot-stopper, who is a proven Premier League performer, may prove difficult to sign and West Ham are exploring other options.

The report states that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s name has been talked about, but the Hammers will only move for an alternative to Begovic if they fail to reach an agreement with Chelsea.

The Bosnia international has struggled for game time since his £8million deal to Stamford Bridge from Stoke in the summer of 2015.

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He has played in 28 fixtures in total and has made just three EFL Cup appearances under manager Antonio Conte this season.

Begovic is firmly established as the club’s number two in the pecking order behind Thibaut Courtois and he may be keen to become a number one elsewhere.

West Ham would present a good opportunity for the goalkeeper, as the east London side have seen usual number one Adrian struggle this season and he has even lost his place to Darren Randolph.

Slaven Bilic will now be looking for January targets who he believes can help to improve his side’s disappointing start to the campaign.

Football Insider verdict:

Begovic would be a very good addition to the West Ham team. The goalkeeper proved he was a very capable shot-stopper while with Stoke, although he may not be of the high quality that Chelsea expect. Adrian has shown that he is not up to the task of playing between the sticks for the Hammers this season, while Randolph is a safe pair of hands, but there is also a reason why he has spent the majority of his career outside of England’s top division. Therefore, West Ham should do all they can to secure Begovic at a fair price to improve on their current 16th place league standing. He has the ability to be the first-team keeper at the London Stadium for years to come.

In other West Ham transfer news, the Hammers are lining up a deal for this 21-year-old defender.