The 6’5″ stopper has fallen down the pecking order on the south coast and is currently approaching the end of a loan spell at Azerbaijani club Qarabag.
The report suggests that the Hammers are looking to bring in a keeper who can provide backup and competition for Lukasz Fabianski, with the club keen to offload disastrous summer signing Roberto, who has featured seven times this season, in January.
There’s no reason why this wouldn’t be a really good signing for the Hammers. Begovic is a vastly experienced Premier League goalkeeper with 252 appearances to his name in the competition, as per the league themselves. In that time he has made a mammoth 750 saves, and even now, when he is out of the side and sent out on loan, he is playing at a Champions League level with Qarabag. Of course, Begovic is not perfect, and has made 27 errors leading directly to goals in his Premier League career, but he is also a commanding presence, and there would be far worse options to have as a backup to Fabianski. In all of this though, the key is getting rid of Roberto. It just hasn’t worked for the Spaniard in England, and his reputation is surely too damaged to repair. Ship him out, bring in somebody else, forget this sorry spell ever happened.