Manchester United have targeted Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in their search for a No 2 for Erik Ten Hag’s squad this season.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international, 35, is seen as perfect back-up to David De Gea with his experience in the Premier League and ability to step in at any level, although United face a battle to sign him as Frank Lampard is determined to keep him at Goodison Park.
United have been searching for a goalkeeper to support De Gea following Dean Henderson’s move to Nottingham Forest, with Tom Heaton seen as the third-choice this season.
After establishing himself as Stoke City’s No 1, Begovic had spells as back-up to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea and AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma before last summer’s move to Merseyside where he was behind Jordan Pickford in the pecking order and played three Premier League matches plus cup ties.
The veteran keeper is also a “homegrown” player which is attractive to clubs to meet their quota in their 25-man Premier League squad.
United would need Everton to find a suitable replacement before he is allowed to move, with some at Goodison confident they can keep Begovic at the club for the rest of his contract, which expires next summer.
De Gea received support from Ten Hag last weekend, with the Dutchman insisting his goalkeeper can adapt to his passing style out of defence despite being guilty of errors during the 4-0 defeat at Brentford last weekend. "I am convinced that he can do it," said the United manager.
The Spaniard himself is in the final year of his contract but the club have an option to trigger an extra season, meaning he is committed until 2024 at the request of United. United have also been linked with Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer, 33, whose German club would like him to sign a new deal.