Jack Butland’s England career in jeopardy as Bournemouth cool interest due to Stoke’s £30m valuation
- Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is keen on Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland
- But Bournemouth’s interest has cooled in the keeper due to Stoke’s valuation
- It is understood the Potters want a minimum of £25million up front for Butland
- Stoke want a number off add ons included that would push fee closer to £30m
England goalkeeper Jack Butland’s international career is in jeopardy as his protracted move to Bournemouth stalls.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe is keen on Butland as he searches for a new No 1 after losing faith with Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc.
The Stoke keeper – who has nine England caps – knows he can’t afford another season in the Championship if he is to stay in Gareth Southgate’s squad for Euro 2020.
Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland’s protracted transfer to Bournemouth has stalled
But Bournemouth’s interest in the 26-year-old has cooled due to Stoke’s valuation. It is understood the Potters want a minimum of £25million up front for Butland plus a number of add ons that would push his fee closer to £30m.
The Cherries, despite their concrete interest, are not currently prepared to meet Butland’s asking price and have begun the process of identifying alternatives – with Fulham’s Marcus Bettinelli among the names being considered.
Bettinelli – who is also on Aston Villa’s radar – impressed at Craven Cottage last year, his form resulting in two England call-ups.
Eddie Howe’s interest in the 26-year-old goalkeeper has cooled due to Stoke’s valuation
And Butland is now facing the prospect of being pushed out of the England set-up if his move to Bournemouth cannot be resurrected.
A goalkeeper transfer merry-go-round is likely to see a number of English goalkeepers playing regularly in the Premier League next season.
Villa are trying to sign Burnley’s Tom Heaton, who was in England’s previous squad, and have already had a £4m bid rejected.
Heaton’s expected departure is set to see Nick Pope, who was in England’s World Cup 2018 squad, reclaim his position as Burnley’s first choice keeper.
Butland’s Three Lions career is in jeopardy as his move to the Premier League stalls
Former England keeper Joe Hart, who is also at Turf Moor, is being lined up by Stoke if Butland does leave.
Burnley are tracking Northern Ireland international Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds to be Pope’s No 2 next season.
Southgate also has high hopes for Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Manchester United’s Dean Henderson, who is being lined up by Sheffield United.
The England boss has made clear that he does not want to consider anyone playing in the second tier – but showed leniency towards Butland last season, partly due to a lack of options and because he wanted to show loyalty to a player who has largely been a fixture in his plans.