Stoke City are weighing up the possibility of re-signing goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to reports in the Mirror.
Manager Mark Hughes reportedly originally planned on signing Lee Grant on a permanent deal, having impressed since moving to the bet365 Stadium from Derby County on a six-month loan deal back in August.
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Hughes, however, does not agree with the Championship side’s £4 million valuation of the 33-year-old and has decided to look elsewhere.
Begovic left Stoke to join Chelsea in 2015 in a deal worth £8 million but has largely played second-fiddle to first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The Potters would look to bring the Bosnia international on loan for the remainder of the campaign as they seek a replacement for the injured Jack Butland, who has been out since March with ankle trouble.
With Chelsea out of the EFL Cup and with no European football, game-time appears to be limited for Begovic, who is likely to play a supporting role over the hectic festive period, as Antonio Conte’s men seek to maintain their title challenge.
Speaking ahead of his side’s home clash with reigning champions Leicester City, Hughes admitted that he will not be paying over the odds for Grant, despite his stunning form since making his Premier League debut for the club in September.
“There’s a value on Lee and we appreciate that because he’s done absolutely fantastic for us, but we are not going to be held to ransom”, the 53-year-old Welshman said.
“There’s a market value on Lee and we know that. But we are a bit far apart and we may have to look elsewhere.”