FORMER Cherries player of the year Asmir Begovic has been linked with a return to AFC Bournemouth.

That is according to the Sun’s Alan Nixon, who reports that Cherries are looking at Begovic to provide cover in the goalkeeping department.

Cherries are expected to lose two goalkeepers this summer, with Andrei Radu’s loan from Inter Milan expiring and Darren Randolph out of contract at Dean Court.

Goalkeeper Begovic has previously enjoyed two spells at Vitality Stadium, the first a loan spell from neighbours Portsmouth in 2007 before re-joining permanently a decade later.

A four-year spell at Cherries was interrupted by loans to Qarabag and AC Milan, before the Bosnian international returned following relegation to the Championship to become first-choice goalkeeper under Jason Tindall and then Jonathan Woodgate.

After being named the Micky Cave/Daily Echo player of the year for the 2020/21 season, Begovic departed on a free transfer to Everton, where he served as back-up to Jordan Pickford.

At the expiry of his contract with the Toffees last summer, Begovic linked up with Championship side Queens Park Rangers, signing a one-year deal with the London outfit.

After the former Chelsea keeper played in all but one Championship game for Rangers, QPR are keen to tie Begovic to a new deal.