Being dropped by Stoke City is not the normal route to a big move in the Premier League, but Asmir Begovic’s past heroics in the Potters’ net mean there will be plenty of suitors if he leaves the Britannia this summer.
Mark Hughes opted to start Jack Butland against Swansea, with Begovic not even on the bench, and the young English keeper has the chance to prove he is ready for a regular top-flight role over the closing weeks of the campaign.
The towering Bosnian only has one year left on his contract at Stoke, and Hughes will be very tempted to cash-in on the £15m-rated stopper if Butland proves up to scratch.
The England U21 captain recently signed a new four-year deal with Stoke, another indication Begovic’s departure has been booked for this summer.
Liverpool and Arsenal are likely to be in the running if Begovic does leave, but Tottenham Hotspur should also be keeping tabs on the 27-year-old.
Despite playing behind the worst defence in the top-half of the Premier League, Hugo Lloris has excelled once again this term, and Champions League sides are taking notice.
Manchester United are reportedly keen on the Frenchman as a possible replacement for David de Gea, who is yet to sign a new deal at Old Trafford, while PSG are also apparently tracking Lloris.
Spurs do have Michel Vorm on the books already, but Begovic is a cut above the Dutchman, and four years younger than him as well.
The Bosnian came very close to joining Spurs when he left Portsmouth in 2010, to the point that the Lilywhites demanded money from Stoke as they had already paid an instalment of the transfer.
With David Ospina impressing for Arsenal of late, and Simon Mignolet much improved for Liverpool, Begovic might view that his best chance of first-team football is with Spurs next season if Lloris does leave.
Spurs and Stoke face off at the Britannia in their next match, with the Lilywhites priced at 6/4 to claim three points.