Clark warns duo off custodian.
Birmingham boss Lee Clark has insisted that anyone wanting to sign England and Great Britain goalkeeper Jack Butland will have to pay ‘crazy’ money for the 19-year-old.
Southampton and Tottenham have both been linked with the youngster who was a surprise call-up for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 England squad. Butland is also expected to be number one for Team GB at the upcoming London Olympics next month.
Despite his international recognition, the young custodian has only ever made 12 football league appearances, all whilst on loan at League Two Cheltenham Town last season.
Saints reportedly offered £6 million for the star last month and Spurs are also eyeing Butland as a long-term replacement for ageing ‘keepers Brad Friedel, 41, and Carlo Cudicini, 38.
But Clark has insisted that any deal is unlikely, saying: “If other clubs want my players, I’m cool because it means they’re good. But it will take a crazy transfer fee for Jack to leave this club.”
Butland is reportedly desperate to play in the Premier League and an impressive Olympics could see the interest in him grow. It is thought that he may demand a move if Clark maintains his tough stance although Saints are reportedly unwilling to increase their bid and Spurs are closing in on France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
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