Liverpool to Start Jack Butland Bidding War

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Liverpool are to start a bidding war over goalkeeper Jack Butland as they look to sign him this month for a cut-price fee, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

England under-21 international Butland has been the subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs and Liverpool are set to begin a transfer tug of war by making an offer to his club Birmingham City.

The 19-year-old is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers around and had been priced at £6million. But Birmingham’s desperate need for cash to ease their financial problems means they are likely to accept £3.5million if they can get that figure over the next four days before the transfer window closes shut.

Liverpool are leading the race with manager Brendan Rodgers keen to sign Butland as a long-term replacement for Pepe Reina, who is expected to leave Anfield in the summer and return to Spain where is wanted by Barcelona.

But they face a fight for his signature with Fulham, Newcastle United and Southampton, who had a bid turned down in the summer, all keen on Butland.

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