Asmir Begovic staying at Stoke but would welcome Butland arrival

The 25-year-old said he is concentrating on the Potters' season after the "time has passed" on a possible move, while insisting Jack Butland's "big talent" would add to their squad
Asmir Begovic has indicated that he will not be leaving Stoke in the January transfer window, and insists that the arrival of Jack Butland would be good for competition.

The goalkeeper has been touted as a transfer target for Premier League leaders Manchester United,  while Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have also reportedly shown interest.

Despite growing speculation that the Bosnian is keen to complete a move to the Red Devils, the 25-year-old has now stated that he is likely to remain at the Britannia Stadium and is looking ahead to the rest of the season.

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"As far as I know [I am staying at Stoke] yes," he told Sky Sports News. "I’m in for training today so I’m looking forward to staying and looking forward to the game at the weekend.

"I don’t see anything happening now. I think that time’s passed. I’m just concentrating on what I need to do here."

Potters boss Tony Pulis has been linked with a move for Birmingham keeper Butland, with reports suggesting the club are poised to make a formal bid after the 19-year-old rejected Chelsea due to the prospect of no first-team football.

Current number one Begovic insisted that the Englishman's arrival would be great for the club and would only add to the healthy competition for the starting position in between the goalposts.

"[I'm] looking forward to it," he added. "If he comes in he’s another great talent.

"Obviously we have a good group of goalkeepers already here and it’ll be good to have the competition around. I would welcome him if he comes, for sure, he’s a big talent and I’m sure he’d make us better."

Stoke, however, face stiff competition for the youngster's signature with Southampton and Everton both failing to land the player in the summer, and with Liverpool, Fulham, Newcastle and Premier League reigning champions City also on alert.