Liverpool are preparing a January move for Asmir Begovic after identifying the Stoke City star as a suitable replacement for under-fire goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
The current Anfield number one has been heavily criticised this season following a number of below-par performances, and Brendan Rodgers is now thought to be actively looking to sign a new custodian when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year.
The Sunday Mirror reports how Begovic was linked with a move to Merseyside in the summer of 2013, but Liverpool were put off by the Bosnia international's £15 million valuation, instead choosing to recruit Mignolet from Sunderland in a £9 million deal.
However, that decision now looks like coming back to haunt them, with the Reds ready to renew interest in Begovic, now that his valuation has lowered due to the fact he has less than two years remaining on his contract at the Britannia Stadium.
Potters boss Mark Hughes will not want to lose the talented stopper, but might be willing to accept offers of £10 million or more; a fee that Liverpool would be willing to pay as they look to solve the problem position in the mid-season window.
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Liverpool conceded 50 Premier League goals in Mignolet’s first season - a record for a team finishing runners-up - and the Belgian has looked even less convincing this term, with Rodgers' defence looking increasingly vulnerable.
Begovic would surely help improve matters judging by the 27-year-old's consistent level of commanding performances in England's top-flight, and might just contribute to a much better run of results for the club during the second half of the campaign.
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