Stoke City have begun talks with AFC Bournemouth over a deal to sign goalkeeper Adam Federici on a permanent basis, according to Sky Sports.
The 33-year-old has enjoyed a long career in English football and started last season on loan from Bournemouth at Nottinham Forest, but an injury cut this short.
The Australian shot-stopper has been limited for chances at Bournemouth, with Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc the preferred first and second choices.
But with Stoke’s Lee Grant looking like he’s making a surprise move to Manchester United, the Potters will need cover for Jack Butland next season in the Championship and according to Sky Sports, Federici could be their man.
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No fee is mentioned in the report, but for a third choice goalkeeper with one year left on his contract, Stoke shouldn’t have to shell out too much for the ‘keeper who’s valued at £675,000 on Transfermarkt.
While it may not be the most exciting transfer for Stoke fans, it is an important one, as Federici has experience playing at Championship level and could well be called upon if Butland can’t play.
He made over 200 league appearances for Reading in the Championship and Premier League and he represents a safe pair of hands if he is ever required.