Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic to be his new number one.

And Joe Hart could head the other way for the second half of the season to preserve his England World Cup place.

The Blues are ready to bid up to £15million for Bosnia & Herzegovina international Begovic, who has proved to be one of the steadiest goalies in the Premier League.

The former Portsmouth star is strongly fancied by the Eastlands club's hierarchy and was lined up under then-manager Roberto Mancini when Hart’s form was first reviewed.

Although he has dropped Hart from his Premier League team after a series of errors, Pellegrini is not fully convinced by back-up Costel Pantilimon either.