Premier League big guns to miss out on Bosnian keeper

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Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic has played down speculation linking him with a move away from the Britannia Stadium, insisting he's just concentrating on his next game for the Potters, according to

The Bosnian international has reportedly attracted attention from a number of the Premier League's top clubs, including Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

And rumours of a Stoke move for Birmingham shot-stopper Jack Butland has prompted speculation that Begovic could be off this month.

But the 25-year-old insists he knows nothing of a potential move.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Begovic said: "As far as I know [I am staying at Stoke] yes. I'm in for training today so I'm looking forward to staying and looking forward to the game at the weekend.

"I don't see anything happening now. I think that time's passed. I'm just concentrating on what I need to do here."

Begovic had been mentioned as a possible replacement for under-fire Manchester United keeper David De Gea, while Arsenal and Liverpool were also thought to be monitoring the Bosnian goalkeeper.

His performances at the Britannia Stadium have won many admirers this season, and he's established himself as one of the Premier League's most consistent young keepers.

A move to Liverpool - as a replacement for Pepe Reina - or Arsenal - to offer competition for current number one Wojciech Szczesny - has been mooted, but it seems Begovic is set to stay with the Potters.

And the potential arrival of Butland from Birmingham is no problem for the Bosnian. Begovic insisted he would welcome the competition, amid reports that the teenage England international had turned down Chelsea in favour of first-team football elsewhere.

Begovic said: "I'm looking forward to it. If he comes in, he's another great talent."

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