England under-21 international set for short term move.
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has admitted that new goalkeeper Jack Butland could be loaned out elsewhere this season after confessing to looking at options for the England stopper, Sky Sports reports.
The 20-year-old joined the Potters from Birmingham City during the January transfer window, but was loaned straight back to the Championship club for the remainder of the season.
Stoke’s current first choice custodian, Asmir Begovic, had been linked with a high profile move away this summer as the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool were said to be interested in taking him away from the Britannia Stadium but the Merseysiders acquisition of Simon Mignolet and the Gunners interested in Julio Cesar has meant that the Bosnian has stayed put so far.
Butland will not be keen on spending the season warming the bench, but Hughes has insisted that the club will only agree to let him go should the right deal come along.
“Jack’s an outstanding young keeper and it’s about making sure he develops. If there’s not the right opportunity, and we don’t think it’s advantageous to his development, then he won’t go out, he’ll stay with us,” he said.
Hughes also confirmed that American winger Brek Shea will be back sooner than expected after suffering knee ligament damage during the off season.
“He’s got an injury that will keep him out for a number of weeks and he won’t make the start of the season, but thankfully it’s not as bad as we thought initially.”