Manchester United target Asmir Begovic is talking to interested clubs, reveals Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes.
The Bosnian goalkeeper, who is entering the final year of his contract, has refused to sign a new deal with the Potters as he keeps his options open over a summer move to a top club in England or Europe.
The Red Devils are in the market for a goalkeeper, with reports suggesting that current first choice David De Gea is likely to complete his move to long-time admirers Real Madrid in the coming weeks.
The Bosnian international has been a consistent performer for the Britannia Stadium outfit over the years since his arrival from Portsmouth in 2010. He has been linked with a move away in previous seasons, but remained with the club.
However, this time Begovic did indicate that his future is uncertain, while insisting that he is happy at Stoke after spending five years at the club. Scholes is hoping that the 'keeper extends his deal with the club, but is aware that the stopper is keeping his options open with regards to a summer move.
"We would very much like him to extend his contract, but I think Asmir has said it himself, he is keeping his options open and seeing what might be available for him," Scholes is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
"If I'm speaking frankly, I don't know whether or who he might be speaking to. That's not accusing him of anything, it's just saying that's the reality."
"My hope is that he decides that we are the best option for him and that he extends his contract," the Stoke chief executive added.