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Stoke City seek to clarify transfer speculation concerning 26-y/o



The future of Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland remains unclear as the club have reportedly – as per the Stoke Sentinel – not received a bid from Bournemouth for him.

Butland opted to stay with the club last season after they were relegated from the Premier League but Stoke were unable to return at the first time of asking, slumping to a 16th-place finish.

The Sentinel referred to the idea that there were reports over the weekend that Bournemouth had submitted a £12 million bid for the 26-year-old, however, according to the Stoke Sentinel, Stoke club sources have insisted that no such offer has been made for the goalkeeper.

It is believed that the Cherries are still keen on signing Butland but that Stoke’s valuation of him is above £20 million.

The price tag is understood to have put off newly-promoted Aston Villa, who have reportedly ended their pursuit of Butland.

The Englishman joined Stoke from Birmingham City in 2013 and has made 132 appearances for the Potters in that time, keeping 41 clean sheets.

The shot-stopper has also represented his country nine times but has fallen behind Jordan Pickford in the England pecking order and may feel a return to the Premier League is essential for his international hopes.

The Verdict

Time is running out for Butland to seal a move back to the top division of English football and as the close of the transfer window crawls closer something is going to have to give.

The Potters are well set to demand a high price for the goalkeeper, given that he has two years left on his contract and they have already brought in Adam Davies from Barnsley as a potential replacement.

With Villa now reportedly out of the race, however, it appears they may have to accept a slightly reduced offer given that Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, who were linked earlier in the summer, appear the only teams chasing Butland.

Nathan Jones has suggested he is hopeful Stoke may keep Butland, though keeping him against his will may not be good dressing room morale in his first full season in charge.

London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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