Youngster desperate for Saints switch.
Newly promoted Southampton are set to make an improved offer for England ‘keeper Jack Butland after seeing a £6 million bid rebuffed by Birmingham City.
The England under-21 star, who was a surprise choice as third ‘keeper for England’s Euro 2012 campaign, is understood to be keen on a move to St Mary’s and unhappy at Brum’s stance, reports talkSPORT.
The 19-year-old had a successful loan spell at Cheltenham Town in League Two last season but believes he can step up to the Premier League after spending the past three weeks with Roy Hodgson’s squad.
Birmingham chairman Peter Pannu wants to hold on to Butland after selling fans’ favourite Jordan Mutch to Cardiff earlier this month.
The Blues appointed former Huddersfield boss Lee Clarke as boss yesterday and the 39-year-old’s first job will be to seek showdown talks with Butland.
It is understood that Southampton are not willing to guarantee Butland first-team football but believe he could challenge current number one Kelvin Davis next season and Saints are prepared to come back with a slightly improved offer.