Stoke could replace Jack Butland with Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn before today’s 5pm deadline, according to talkSPORT.
The Potters are set to offload Butland to Crystal Palace, according to South London Press, meaning Michael O’Neil must sign a replacement for the 27-year-old.
O’Neil has been relatively quiet in the transfer window, making just five signings – with the last of those more than five weeks ago when Jacob Brown arrived from Barnsley.
However, with Butland on the verge of moving to South London to replace the injured Wayne Hennessey, it would leave Stoke with just one senior keeper.
And therefore, Gunn could make the switch to the Bet365 Stadium to cover for number one Adam Davies.
Gunn started his career at Manchester City, although he never made a first-team appearance, and joined Saints in the summer of 2018 following a successful loan stint with Norwich City.
The 24-year-old has been in and out the Southampton team in recent seasons, appearing 30 times in all competitions, but hasn’t been involved this season and is expected to depart before this afternoon.
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Considering Gunn held the number one shirt at St Mary’s just 12 months ago, this looks an uninspiring move.
Gunn is obviously frustrated with the current situation at Southampton, but Welshman Davies currently the Potters’ first-choice goalkeeper, Gunn’s opportunities are going to be limited.
However, that doesn’t stop him from pushing Davies for that number one spot, rather than coming in and being happy to sit on the bench.