Everton have completed the signing of Asmir Begovic from Bournemouth on a one-year deal with an option for an extension. The goalkeeper is the second signing for Everton in this window following another free agent signing in Andros Townsend. The keeper has signed a contract for 12 months with the club having the option to extend it for another year.
“When I first heard of the possibility of joining Everton, I was really excited,” new Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begovic said after joining the club. “Opportunities like this don’t come around every day so I’m honored and pleased to be here. The ambition is to get this club to where it belongs. We want to be challenging for those European spots, challenging for trophies and being in that upper echelon of the league.”
Begovic has made 63 appearances for Bosnia & Herzegovina. He also has 252 Premier League appearances to his name while playing for Portsmouth, Stoke, Chelsea, and Bournemouth. He has also played for AC Milan in the Serie A. Begovic helped Bournemouth to a place in the playoffs while playing 51 times last season. The Bosnia & Herzegovina keeper will deputize for Jordan Pickford who was in outstanding form at Euro 2020.
“Jordan (Pickford) is a world-class goalkeeper,” Begovic added. “I think the goalkeeping group here is fantastic. We’re going to push each other every single day and set those standards in training. I’m definitely here to compete (for a place) and to try to help this team in any way I can.”