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Begovic becomes a Potter

Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has joined league rivals Stoke City in a cut-price £3.5m move.

Begovic, whom recently made his international debut for Bosnia, is regarded as one of the brightest goalkeeping talents in the Premier League.

The club were forced to sell the 22-year-old due to the club’s dreadful financial situation. Either Begovic or fellow ‘keeper David James had to be sold to keep the club alive.

However, with Sunderland being the only club to make an enquiry for James, Begovic had to make the sacrifice and leave.

Begovic had been linked with a number of clubs during the January transfer window, interesting the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. Nevertheless, Begovic would only move if he could be guaranteed first-team football.

He joined Portsmouth on a youth contract in 2003, making his debut six-years later at the end of the 08/09 season, his bow coming in a 3-1 win over Sunderland.

Begovic has featured 14 times for Pompey this season proving that, despite his age, he has more than enough about him to cope in the Premier League.

Portsmouth fans are bitterly disappointed over the departure of the Bosnian. Nevertheless, they realise he has become a necessary sale, a sale promised by Storrie that would never take place…

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