City eye Begovic as Hart replacement

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Joe Hart woePA PhotosJoe Hart's form has come under intense scrutiny.

Joe Hart's season is about to get a whole lot worse, with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini understood to be considering letting the goalkeeper go with an eye to bringing in Stoke's Asmir Begovic.

The Daily Mirror reports Begovic is Pellegrini's choice to take the No. 1 jersey at Eastlands in the long-term, and the England shot-stopper is subsequently being shopped around. Indeed, a straight swap could occur, whereby Stoke would take Hart on loan for the remainder of the season if a permanent deal cannot be struck between now and the end of January.

Begovic has impressed Pellegrini during his time in England, and remains an attractive option for the second half of this season as he would be eligible to play for City in the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata is top of Tottenham's wish-list, with Andre Villas-Boas viewing the striker as the solution to his goalscoring woes. Spurs have scored just nine league goals this term -- three of them from the penalty spot -- and the 21-year-old is considered a bright prospect for the future.

Meanwhile, Jermaine Defoe could be on his way out of White Hart Lane also, with West Ham, Sunderland, Hull and MLS side Toronto said to be likely destinations.

Finally, Wilfried Zaha's chances of going out on loan in January are in peril, the Daily Mail reports. The young striker has appeared just twice for Manchester United since moving from Crystal Palace, but his options appear to be dwindling with talk escaping from Old Trafford about his lack of mental strength.

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