Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is reportedly all set to join Manchester United in a £9m move in the summer.

The 25-year-old has impressed at the Britannia this season and was linked with a switch to the Red Devils throughout January. However, Potters boss Tony Pulis was not willing to let the Bosnia international leave in this window, without finding a proper replacement.

Asmir Begovic v Manchester City

However, Stoke clinched a deal for Birmingham teenage sensation Jack Butland on deadline day and the English prodigy will join them at the end of the season. Butland had turned down a move to Chelsea as he wanted regular first-team football and it looks as if he's been promised that by Pulis, paving the way for Begovic to join United, according to the Daily Mirror.

Sir Alex Ferguson is understood to be scouting for a goalkeeper, after the club's current stoppers David de Gea and Anders Lindegaard have failed to establish themselves at Old Trafford, with at least one of them set to leave in the summer.

Begovic, who joined Stoke from Portsmouth in a £3.25m deal in 2010, has made 24 Premier League appearances this season, notching nine clean sheets.

Rooney Backs de Gea

Meanwhile, United striker Wayne Rooney has backed de Gea to shine for the Red Devils and feels his performances have improved vastly over the past month.

The 22-year-old, who arrived from Atletico Madrid in a £17m transfer in 2011, has made a few high-profile errors during his time at Old Trafford, including a costly one against Tottenham Hotpsur in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane last month. However, the Spaniard has been in a better run of form since then and kept a clean sheet against Fulham this weekend.

"He was superb. I think he's been great for us over the last few weeks as he's made some great saves. I know he got a little bit of criticism after the Tottenham game but he made five or six world-class saves in that game and it wasn't the biggest mistake I've ever seen. We're all behind him and backing him. He's a great player for us and for the future as well," Rooney said.