EDDIE Howe believes Asmir Begovic's loan move to Qarabag offered "the best of both worlds" for Cherries and the goalkeeper.

The 32-year-old moved to Vitality Stadium from Chelsea in 2017 for around £10million and has made 62 appearances for the club.

But Artur Boruc, Mark Travers and Aaron Ramsdale have all been selected in goal since the Bosnian fell down the pecking order following his last appearance in April.

And that led to Begovic making the temporary switch to the Azerbaijani champions on deadline day on a deal until January. He kept a clean sheet on debut in a 2-0 win against Neftchi Baku on Sunday.

Asked if the move to Qarabag was best for all parties, boss Howe told the Daily Echo: "Yes, I think so. There was no confrontation with it.

"I think Asmir wanted to play, he made that very clear and we tried to help that process happen for him.

"I think it's the best of both worlds where we get him out playing, he gets out playing and we'll see what happens beyond this loan period."

Begovic could feature in the Europa League clash against Sevilla on Thursday.