Rafa Benitez in pursuit of former Chelsea goalkeeper

There are reports Everton are keen to acquire the services of Bournemouth stopper Asmir Begovic.

New boss Rafa Benitez wants to beef up his back-up to England hero Jordan Pickford.

And he views ex-Chelsea stopper Begovic as the man to fit the bill.

Championship side Bournemouth would be open to a deal as the 34-year-old is one of their highest earners and has just a year left on his contract.

Begovic spent time on loan two seasons ago at Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag and AC Milan, but last year played nearly every game for the Cherries.