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Begovic uncertain over future; SWFC sign Seyi Olofinjana

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has revealed he does not know what the future holds for him.

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has revealed he does not know what the future holds for him amid reports suggesting Premier League quartet Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City are targeting the highly-rated shot-stopper.

Begovic, 26, joined Stoke from Portsmouth for a fee of £3.25 million in 2010, having since established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the English Premier League.

The Bosnia and Herzegovina international, whose current contract at the Britannia Stadium expires in the summer of 2016, is expected to stay in Staffordshire until next summer despite rumours linking him with a January departure.

The Potters already have a long-term replacement for Begovic after signing Jack Butland from Birmingham City in a deal worth up to £3.5 million in January.

However, Butland — currently on loan at Championship side Barnsley — is struggling to replicate last season’s form, which may cause Stoke to reconsider the sale of Begovic.

The England international, 20, has started just five out of a possible 13 league fixtures for the Tykes this season, while failing to keep a single clean sheet.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s nice to hear positive things about yourself,” said Begovic.

“It’s a really massive season. I have to make sure the day-to-day stuff, training and things like that, are sorted out and the rest should hopefully take care of itself.

“I have a good relationship with the chairman and everyone else here. When there is something to discuss, we will sit down.”

Begovic has allowed two or more goals in just two Premier League games (against Arsenal and Manchester United) in 2013/14.

SWFC sign Seyi Olofinjana

Sheffield Wednesday F.C. have completed the signing of former Nigeria international midfielder Seyi Olofinjana, according to the Owls’ official website, www.swfc.co.uk.

Olofinjana, who spent six weeks on loan at Hillsborough last term, started and played 60 minutes in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday.

The 33-year-old, formerly of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City and Hull City, has been brought in as an emergency signing, with the Owls currently bottom-of-the-table.

One of the only positive signs for Wednesday is that they have played just five of their 12 league matches at Hillsborough.

With that said, Dave Jones’ side have actually tallied just three points from their five home games, while totaling five from their seven away fixtures.

If they are to climb out from under Davy Jones’ Locker (pun intended), the Owls must significantly improve their home form, starting with next Saturday’s clash against fifth-placed Reading.

Sheffield Wednesday are 13/8 to be relegated this season.

Sat 26 October, 2013
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