Date published: Friday 14th June 2019 2:31
Aston Villa have reportedly joined Premier League rivals Bournemouth in the chase for England goalkeeper Jack Butland.
However, Sky Sports News reports that both teams will need to bid in excess of £20million to tempt Stoke into selling this summer.
Former Birmingham stopper Butland still has two years left on his Potters contract, but the club’s Player of the Season is keen on a move back to the Premier League – or abroad – in order to improve his chances with the national team.
The report goes on to add that Butland has been told he has a number of options that are currently in being looked at.
Villa are in the market for a new keeper, with Norway star Orjan Nyland continuing to recover from his ruptured Achilles, while youngster Jed Steer is not thought to be ready for a full season in the Premier League.
Butland has been included in every England squad since Stoke were relegated last summer, but has played understudy to Jordan Pickford throughout that time.
He did not play a single minute of football at the World Cup in Russia, nor during the Nations League Finals in Portugal last week as England finished 3rd in the tournament.
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