According to a report in The Sun, Derby County are monitoring Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic who once was heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old is currently on loan at Azerbaijani club Qarabag.

His deal there, however, expires at the end of December and Bournemouth are keen to move him out in January as they have plenty of other goalkeeping options.

The Cherries already have Aaron Ramsdale, Artur Boruc and Mark Travers on their books.

(Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images).

Begovic joined Bournemouth from Chelsea for £10 million back in 2017. The Bosnian, however, arguably had his best spell in England during his time at Stoke City.

At the Bet365 he was a standout in the Premier League. His performances attracted the interests of Real Madrid as the Spanish giants once considered a £15 million deal for him.

But nowadays he is largely out of favour and needs to reignite his career. The Sun claim West Ham United are keen, alongside Birmingham City and Derby County.

The Rams will need to buy a new goalkeeper next summer.

Current number one Ben Hamer is only on loan from fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town. Kelle Roos, meanwhile, has question marks over his future.

Roos started the Rams campaign as number one. However, several errors from the Dutch goalkeeper prompted manager Phillip Cocu to drop him in recent weeks.

Roos has struggled at times. Opposition teams have targeted Derby at crosses and set-pieces, with Roos lacking in bravery and assurance when coming to claim the ball.

(Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images).

Begovic would be a step up for the Rams. But, considering his age and £60,000 per week wages, it seems unlikely they will pursue a permanent deal for him.

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