Aston Villa are favourites to land Stoke City keeper Jack Butland, who had been linked with several other Premier League sides.
The Potters surprisingly managed to keep hold of the England international despite relegation 12 months ago, however things didn’t go to plan for the Staffordshire side since.
Whilst Butland performer relatively well on the whole, Stoke weren’t in the running for promotion.
So, a move now feels inevitable and according to the Daily Mail, it’s Dean Smith’s side who have emerged as the frontrunners for the 26-year-old, with Crystal Palace and Bournemouth also keen on the player.
The report also states that it could take a fee of up to £23m to prise Butland from the bet365 Stadium, who still has two years left on his deal with the club.
It’s become clear that Smith is after a new goalkeeper following Villa’s promotion, with the club having previously made a bid for Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge.
Barnsley keeper Adam Davies is expected to join Nathan Jones’ side as a replacement for Butland when he departs.
It seems inevitable that Butland will leave Stoke in the coming weeks and it’s a move that will suit all parties.
Firstly, the player gets a move to the top-flight, a level he should be playing at, with Stoke getting big money that can be used to strengthen the squad elsewhere.
Now, it will be down to Villa to agree a fee and given their need for a keeper you would think they will want to conclude this deal as soon as possible.
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