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Liverpool considering making a January swoop on Stoke City

Liverpool are targeting Stoke City’s goal keeper Asmir Begovic in the January transfer window according to reports from The Sun.

The 25-year-old is seen as a long term successor to Liverpool’s first choice goal keeper Pepe Reina while arch rivals Manchester United are also monitoring his situation with close interest.

The Bosnia international joined Stoke City in 2010 on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a reported fee of £4.5 million. Initially struggled to adjust with the rigours of the league, the player has developed into one of the finest goalkeepers of the league at the moment.

Reina’s form has been a worry for Liverpool manager as the Spaniard looked far from convincing this season before sustaining an injury though kept a clean sheet against Wigan last weekend.

Though second choice keeper Brad Jones has done well in absence of him but manager Brendan Rodgers wants to bolster that area with quality additions. The former Portsmouth goal keeper is definitely on the shortlist of possible replacements, while the former Swansea boss has shown great interest for Birmingham’s young star Jack Butland.

Begovic has kept five clean sheets this season, joint highest in the league and is catching an attention of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as well.