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West Ham looking to strike loan deal for Chelsea goalkeeper, Manchester United midfielder — report

Silly Season in full effect.

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According to the London Evening Standard, West Ham are interested in striking a loan deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Currently sitting only one point above the relegation zone in 17th place, the Hammers are in desperate need of reinforcements in defence (and just about everywhere else) after letting in nine goals in their last two Premier League games against Manchester United and Arsenal.

Following their 4-1 loss against United, manager Slaven Bilic dropped goalkeeper Adrián in favor of Darren Randolph, but the Irish international’s performance in West Ham's 5-1 loss to Arsenal wasn't reassuring. The report claims that Bilic might also be looking to loan Marouane Fellaini from United, who’s possibly the most disliked man in Manchester right now.

After making 25 apperances for Chelsea last season, mostly due to Thibaut Courtois' knee injury in September, Begović has only made 3 starts so far this season, all in our brief League Cup campaign. Over the summer transfer window, rumours claimed that Everton were interested in his signature, but no deal came to fruition.

A move to West Ham in the second-half of the season would certainly grant Begovic more minutes as a starter in the Premier League, but would leave Chelsea shorthanded. The Blues did sign veteran Euro 2016 winner Eduardo from Dinamo Zagreb over the summer to add a third goalkeeper, but he’s probably not being counted on for anything more than that.

With the FA Cup coming up in January, Begović should have a few more minutes coming his way, while the chance of perhaps serving as the reliable second-choice goalkeeper for a title-contending team will prove more enticing than a relegation fight on the other side of London.

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