Baggies look for Ben Foster replacement.
West Brom manager Steve Clarke is ready to sign England international Jack Butland on loan as he seeks a solution for his sudden goalkeeping crisis according to the Daily Star.
Clarke suffered a massive blow last weekend when Ben Foster was ruled out for three months with a stress fracture and the Baggies boss reportedly sees Stoke’s rising star as a suitable alternative to his England colleague.
The 20-year-old, who only joined the Potters in a £3.5m deal six months ago, has admitted that he is prepared to leave Stoke on-loan to find first team football as he tries to remain in England boss Roy Hodgson’s thoughts ahead of next year’s World Cup.
He was loaned back to his former club Birmingham after making the switch to the Britannia Stadium in January but he is now back with his parent club playing second fiddle to first choice Asmir Begovic at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke dismissed the man who signed Butland, Tony Pulis over the summer and Begovic did not make his big-money summer transfer as many expected which has left Butland to sit on the bench in Mark Hughes’ new team.
Butland turned down a possible move to Chelsea in order to gain regular football at Stoke but given the fierce competition from the excellent Bosnian shot-shopper he may now fancy a short spell at the Hawthorns.
Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday are also thought to be in the market for the highly-rated young keeper who played for Team GB during last year’s Olympic Games.