Stoke City Become Seventh Club To Chase Jack Butland

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Stoke City are the latest club to be linked with a deadline day swoop for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland as the race for his signature hots up.

According Sky Sports, Birmingham City have yet to receive a formal offer for the 20-year-old stopper but Stoke City have joined Chelsea, Liverpool, Everton, Fulham, Newcastle United and Southampton, who had a £6million bid turned down in the summer, in being interested in doing a deal before the transfer window closes on Thursday night.

It was claimed that Butland had rejected the chance to speak to Chelsea after the Stamford Bridge club had a £3.5million bid accepted. But Birmingham insist they have only had interest and enquiries and no formal bids for the youngster.

Stoke are understood to be keen on signing Butland, who was the goalkeeper for the Great Britain team in the London Olympics, as they prepare to wave goodbye to Asmir Begovic in the summer with Manchester United and Manchester City both keen to sign the Serbian.

Liverpool, however, are thought to be in pole position to capture Butland with manager Brendan Rodgers seeing the young goalkeeper as the perfect long-term replacement for Pepe Reina with the Spanish international expected to leave Anfield in the summer.

Butland has been steadfast in his stance that he will only leave Birmingham if he is guaranteed first-team football.

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