Johnson poised to complete Stoke switch with Begovic to leave

The former Liverpool right-back, whose contract at Anfield has expired, is set to complete his move to the Britannia Stadium while the Bosnia-Herzegovina star will join the Blues

Mark Hughes has confirmed that Glen Johnson is set to join Stoke City, while goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will move to Chelsea.

Goal revealed in June that the Blues had identified Begovic as a replacement for Petr Cech, who joined Arsenal last week, and Hughes has now confirmed that the deal is nearing completion.

Johnson, meanwhile, is a free agent after the expiry of his contract at Liverpool, having started just 15 Premier League games in 2014-15.

“Glen is a very experienced player and we feel the qualities he has will help us,” Hughes told Sky Sports. “We’re a team that is trying to progress and do that by getting good players into the squad.

“Glen has played at a high level for a very long time and we can benefit from that.”

Hughes has also revealed that the club’s attempts to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter have failed, with the club giving up hope of landing the Switzerland international.

“We expressed interest and put a bid in, but we needed to set a deadline, because we have other irons in fire,” Hughes added. “We’ve stepped aside and will move onto other things.”

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