Queens Park Rangers have joined the race to sign Asmir Begovic following his Everton exit.
The goalkeeper is a target for QPR and Luton Town this summer after he rejected a new contract at Goodison Park, according to TEAMtalk.
Begovic joined Everton from Bournemouth in 2021 and spent the following two years as back up to Jordan Pickford, making only four appearances in the Premier League.
The Toffees confirmed they had offered Begovic the chance to extend his stay on Merseyside ahead of his contract expiry this week, however he rejected the offer in favour of a fresh start.
Luton had already expressed interest in the 36-year-old following their promotion to the top flight, with Ethan Horvath returning to Nottingham Forest following a successful loan spell.
QPR are now also interested in Begovic as they fear they may lose Seny Dieng to one of their Championship rivals.
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The veteran goalkeeper could become the number one choice in between the sticks for either club, having spent recent years mainly featuring in Cup competitions.
Who should Everton replace Asmir Begovic with?
Asmir Begovic was the perfect back-up for Everton, who were realistically never going to drop Jordan Pickford for the 36-year-old.
Former Everton striker Kevin Campbell previously praised the goalkeeper, telling Goodison News: “He is capable [backup]. He’s got a world of experience, a raft of it, and he’s somebody Everton can rely on.
“He’s not spectacular. He doesn’t do crazy things, but he’s just solid and as a number two, that’s what you need.”
However, the Toffees now need a replacement for Begovic and Tom Heaton looks like a very promising option.
Like Begovic, the 37-year-old has a lot of experience in the top flight and is currently plying his trade as David de Gea’s back-up at Manchester United.
A quick move for Heaton would be risk free and would allow Sean Dyche to move onto bolstering more important positions.