Joe Hart is still a top quality goalkeeper but he has been making mistakes for some time now and needs something to focus his mind and start to rebuild his confidence.
One way to do this would be for Manchester City to purchase a viable alternative to the England number one come January, a player that could keep him out of the team for a while.
Costel Pantilimon has been solid when drafted in for the occasional cup match, but he does not have the pedigree or experience to be anything other than full-time cover.
Stoke City's Asmir Begovic has impressed most Premier League spectators over the last couple of seasons and has put in some fine performances over the last few months. His experience of the league and quality would make him a real threat to Hart number one jersey.