Jack Butland could be set for greener pastures in the Premier League as Birmingham City look for financial safety, according to the Daily Mail.
The Championship strugglers are believed to have serious financial problems and are willing to listen to offers for their top player and it is thought that the cash strapped club have told players they can leave St Andrews if a club comes in with the right money.
The England and Birmingham goalkeeper has attracted attention from the Premier League for some time, with a host of clubs tracking the 19 year old this season.
Butland is England’s youngest ever goalkeeper making his debut in the 2-1 victory against Italy in August, three days before playing his first game for the Blues; here are three clubs that might be looking to capture his signature.
Liverpool have been watching the shot stopper as cover for Pepe Reina, but now, with the added speculation of the Spaniard making a return to Barcelona, Butland could walk into the number one jersey. It would surely be a dream move for any young English goalkeeper and Liverpool would see the move as a long term investment.
The added pressure of Butland playing for a club with huge demands shouldn’t be something to concern Liverpool as Butland represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics and went with the England squad to Euro 2012.
Newcastle United have shown interest in the 6ft 5in keeper. Steve Harper is out of contract in the summer and he will be 38 when the time comes and it’s unknown whether a new one will be put on the table.
Newcastle would see the addition of Butland as a positive one for Tim Krul, as pressure will be put on the Dutchmen to stay number one. Alan Pardew would hope the competition will improve the pair of them. It would also be long term planning with Krul only 24 himself, Pardew could create a healthy situation at St James Park with the signing of Butland.
Everton are looking to claim the signature of the youngster as Tim Howard’s number two. The 33 year old signed a new four year contract in March but Toffees’ boss David Moyes has stated he is searching for the American’s successor. The 19 year old could be the ideal candidate; if he is happy not playing regular first team football from the start of his time at Goodison Park. T
he Bristol born keeper would learn a lot working with the experience that Everton’s Howard would bring to training, but there may be no better teaching for Butland than to play regularly.