Potters stopper explains Spurs snub

The Bosnian keeper completed a £3.25million switch from

financially-crippled Portsmouth on Monday. He had appeared set to

be reunited with former Pompey boss Harry Redknapp at Spurs, even

going as far as undergoing a medical at White Hart Lane at one

stage. However, he had a dramatic change of heart and opted instead

to join Tony Pulis’ Potters. He accepts that, in much the same way

as he played second fiddle to David James at Fratton Park, he faces

a battle to win a first-team place at Stoke. Thomas Sorensen is

currently Pulis’ first-choice shot-stopper, but Begovic is

convinced that he can force his way into the reckoning on a regular

basis. “Sorensen is the current number one but I intend to work

hard and play regularly soon,” said the 22-year-old. “I was very

close to signing for Tottenham, but rejected them due to sporting

reasons.”