A man in demand: Jack Butland set to be on the move this summer

A man generating plenty of interest

One man who's expected to be on the move this summer is Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, with a number of Premier League clubs reportedly interested making a move.

The 26 year-old is a key figure at the bet365 Stadium and the Potters will be keen to retain him, but with them set to begin their second season outside the top flight, they may be tempted to cash in on him should they be presented with a big offer.

The goalkeeper was recently named the clubs Player of the Year for the second time in just three years which highlights his importance, but Stoke's relegation twelve months ago has resulted in him missing out on a spot in the England team to Everton's Jordan Pickford. So it's clear from a personal point of view that he needs to get back into the Premier League if he's to stand a chance of displacing the 25 year-old.

But despite Stoke's relegation from the Premier League, he has been included in every England squad selected by Gareth Southgate, although he's failed to get on the pitch in their World Cup or UEFA Nations League campaigns. So Pickford is clearly the undisputed number 1.

Gareth Southgate Jack Butland
Gareth Southgate has selected Jack Butland in all of his England squads so he is clearly a fan, but he needs minutes in the Premier League if he's to claim the no.1 jersey

England have a pool of talented goalkeepers to choose from and with Angus Gunn picking up more minutes at Southampton last year, along with the young Dean Henderson emerging and likely to play every game in the top flight for Sheffield United next season - he has serious competition to get back in the squad.

Butland is believed to be keen on a move back to the Premier League or abroad in order to boost his chances of breaking into the England XI, but where should he go and what are his realistic options?

Aston Villa - 4/7 @ SkyBet

Newly promoted Aston Villa are 4/7 favourites (SkyBet) to sign Jack Butland and it's a move that makes sense for a number of reasons. The Villains are in need of a new keeper with just the inexperienced Jed Steer to call upon in the absence of the injured Orjan Nyland who remains sidelined from his nasty ruptured achilles injury, meaning that he'd get plenty of game time.

This would make the move very appealing for him and working under a manager of the quality of Dean Smith could also allow him to take his game to a new level, with the former Brentford manager possessing an excellent track record of improving players. He's worked wonders since replacing Steve Bruce as manager and acquiring Butland would definitely be something of a coup for them, providing a significant upgrade on what they already have in that area.

Dean Smith Aston Villa
Dean Smith has already started splashing the cash with Villa this summer, could Butland be his next signing?

Another big factor could be the location too. Butland began his playing career with Birmingham so it's an area and city that he knows very well, so that could stand Villa in very good stead. They have big ambitions for their return to the top flight which has seen them already smash their club record transfer by recruiting Club Brugge striker Wesley for a fee believed to be around £22m.

So with deep pockets, plenty of aspiration and the potential for serious playing time, Aston Villa looks like an excellent move on paper for Butland and it's one we can definitely see coming off.

Bournemouth - 13/8 @ SkyBet

Perhaps a slightly more secure move on paper with Bournemouth now an established Premier League club, the Cherries are also linked with a big money move for Jack Butland.

Eddie Howe's men are about to embark on their fifth season in the top flight and they're another very attractive proposition for the 26 year-old.

They're in the market for a new goalkeeper after the transfer of Asmir Begovic failed to pay dividends, with the Bosnia-Herzegovina international reportedly at odds with Howe after going through a rough patch of form.

He looks likely to depart this summer and the Bournemouth boss feels that he needs to strengthen that area of the pitch, with just veteran Artur Boruc and youngster Mark Travers to call upon. So much like Villa, a move to the south coast would also see him become a first team regular which is what he needs if he's to break into the England starting XI.

Bournemouth Eddie Howe
Minutes on the pitch shouldn't be an issue for Butland should he move to Deans Court

But one slight concern for him would be Bournemouth's attacking style of play, which makes them extremely prone on the break. They produce some lovely stuff and score lots of goals (56 last season), but only relegated Fulham (81) and Huddersfield Town (76) conceded more than them (70) last term. So despite getting the extra minutes under his belt, he may lack protection which will make life very difficult, just like he did in his final PL season with Stoke.

But similarly to Dean Smith, Eddie Howe has a reputation for improving players and the job he has done with the Cherries is absolutely incredible. A move to Bournemouth makes sense for a number of reasons, but we think the lure of moving back to Birmingham with Villa may tempt him over the south coast.

Crystal Palace - 16/1 @ SkyBet

Third in the betting and something of an outsider, Crystal Palace come in at 16/1 (SkyBet) to recruit Jack Butland this summer. Its' been something of a problem position for the Eagles in recent seasons with them regularly switching goalkeepers. This saw Roy Hodgson rotate between Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita last term, proving that he's not entirely satisfied with his options.

The former England boss has those two to call upon between the sticks, with his choices reduced following the departure of cult hero Julian Speroni who's retired after 15 years at Selhurst Park. Goalkeeper is definitely a position they'll be looking to strengthen but with the current crop on decent money, we'd be surprised to see them shell out a big fee and wages on Butland.

Roy Hodgson Crystal Palace
A move to London and working under former England boss Roy Hodgson could be a very appealing one for Butland

But nevertheless, he would represent a significant upgrade on what they currently have and at the age of 26, he's extremely young for a goalkeeper. The Eagles could also have a fair bit of money to spend in the window with two of their star man generating plenty of interest. Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been the subject of two bids from Manchester United, whilst the annual rumours surrounding the future of Wilfried Zaha have surfaced again, with him reportedly handing in a transfer request.

It's a bit of a long shot this one but there's definitely the scope for it to come to fruition, however they'll face serious competition from Aston Villa and Bournemouth to get it over the line who're both very keen on attaining him.


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