Date: 23rd January 2013 at 7:30am
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Is the Stoke Stopper heading to Manhcester?

Is the Stoke Stopper heading to Manchester?

Both United and Manchester City are in the hunt for Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic according to the latest reports with the Sir keen on the Bosnian while boss Roberto Mancini is allegedly determined to take him to the Etihad.

Roberto Mancini has already voiced his displeasure at missing out to United on Robin Van Persie while over a year ago it was the who had to watch with annoyance as Samir Nasri chose City over the Reds.

The Mirror notes:

City manager Roberto Mancini wants the Bosnian to switch to Eastlands and keep first-choice Joe Hart on his toes.

And that has put him on course for a fight with neighbour Alex Ferguson, who believes Begovic is the right man to take over from under-fire David de Gea.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis paid Portsmouth £3million for the ­25-year- keeper’s services in 2010.

But Begovic nearly quit the Britannia for Chelsea, before eventually establishing himself as the club’s first choice.

Whether there is any truth the the stories remains to be seen but the continuing goalkeeping merry-go-round at Old Trafford hasn’t helped quash the rumours that Sir Alex is far from convinced with David De Gea. Personally I think the Spaniard is more than up the the job but as he showed in the 1990 final Ferguson has no qualms about bringing in a new keeper if he thinks it’ll help United win trophies.

Over at City, Joe Hart has probably endured more criticism this season than ever before despite some impressive displays there have been mistakes and a genuine contender for his number one jersey may just return ENgland’s number one to his previous high levels. Watch this space…..

Check out the Mirror article here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/-news/transfers--united-and-manchester-city-1549998

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