AC Milan line up Asmir Begovic as first-choice to replace Aston Villa bound Pepe Reina ‘ahead of Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski’
- AC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to return to England to join Aston Villa
- The former Liverpool goalkeeper is expected in Birmingham ahead of a medical
- The Rossoneri have their eyes on Asmir Begovic as their ideal replacement
- Begovic is Milan’s first-choice reportedly ahead of Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski
AC Milan are hopeful of signing Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic on loan until the end of the season – with the player expected in Italy on Sunday for a medical.
The Italians targeted the 32-year-old after agreeing to let Pepe Reina join Aston Villa.
Begovic has been on loan at Qarabag and has been considered by West Ham also.
AC Milan have asked about bringing in Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic this month
Though a tempting move, the Bosnia international will have to consider whether he is content to act as cover for Milan No 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Begovic would be Milan’s first choice but other candidates for the role include Burnley keeper Joe Hart and Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham, according to multiple sources in Italy including Sky Sport Italia.
Begovic joined Bournemouth in 2017 after previous spells in England with Portsmouth, Chelsea and Stoke and his contract runs out in June 2021.
If they look elsewhere Hart could be seen as an alternative replacement.
Hart, who previously played in Italy for Torino, has largely been a backup since joining Burnley since joining 2018.
Fabianski who is also reportedly on AC Milan’s shortlist, has been a regular for West Ham, though he has missed much of this season so far through injury.
The Polish shot-stopper was ruled out with a hip-injury in September and made his return to action against Sheffield United on Friday night.
Pepe Reina is expected in Birmingham ahead of a medical to join Aston Villa on Monday
However Fabianski limped off after just 13 minutes after taking a goal-kick during the Hammers’ 1-0 defeat at Bramall Lane.
Reina meanwhile is expected to arrive in Birmingham on Monday for his medical at Aston Villa, where he would join on loan with an option to buy.
The Premier League club have been forced to search for a replacement to Tom Heaton, who suffered a season-ending injury earlier this month.