Asmir Begovic is Manuel Pellegrini's first choice to be his new number one at Manchester City because of the recent poor form of City 'keeper Joe Hart this season, according to reports.

The surprising part is that Hart could head the other way to the Britannia Stadium for the second half of the season to preserve his England World Cup place.

The Manchester club are rumoured to be offering £15million for the Bosnia & Herzegovina international, who has proved to be one of the top 'keepers in the Premier League.

Hart has been dropped from his Premier League team after a series of rash decisions leading to City dropping points, although it's rumoured Pellegrini is not fully convinced by back-up Costel Pantilimon either.

As a result, he has decided Stoke 'keeper Begovic is the answer to his goalkeeping problems.

The fact that Begovic would be eligible for the Champions League's knockout stages, as the Potters are not involved in any European competition, makes him a desirable target for the January window.

Stoke will hold out for a massive fee for Begovic who has over two years of his contract left to run, but City are well known to have more than enough money for that not to be an issue.

Hart is set to be offered to Stoke as part of the deal on a loan, although most of his £110,000-a-week wages would be paid by the Manchester club.

The 26-year-old’s England place will come under pressure before the World Cup finals next summer if he loses his spot at the Etihad permanently, and there are many keepers looking to take the no. 1 shirt in Brazil next year, among them John Ruddy and Fraser Forster.

Hart may well look for this move in order to try and solidify his form and his place on the plane to Rio next summer, and the Premier League opposition will be the best way to keep him at his fighting... well, saving, best.

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