Aston Villa are preparing to make a bid of £20 million for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, according to a report from The Sun.
Villa boss Dean Smith is keen to add another stopper to his ranks during the close season and is set to test Stoke’s resolve.
Jed Steer kept goal for the Villans during the second half of last season, but some competition is definitely required between the posts.
Butland is keen to make a genuine fist of wrestling the England gloves away from Jordan Pickford and to do that he must be playing in the Premier League.
Aston Villa would be a decent move for Butland. He would certainly be handed the gloves if Villa paid in excess of £20 million for his services, whilst he would arrive at a club on a massive upward curve.
The news has been met with mixed reactions on Twitter from the Villa faithful, however.
Some would relish the chance to see the 26-year-old out on the Villa Park turf:
I would much, much rather buy Jack Butland for even £25m than Neil Etheridge for £10m.
— alex carson (@_alexcarson) June 10, 2019
Excited to see us going for Jack Butland if it's true, but I can't help but feel bad for Jed Steer, had a quality season when he came back. and got us to a Wembley Final, feel like he's proved himself but health competition won't hurt. #AVFC
— TeeBee (@TyBracey) June 11, 2019
£25 million for Jack Butland is honestly cheap.
— james (@Jamorushton) June 10, 2019
— SimsAVFC (@AvfcSims) June 11, 2019
— Chris Harrison (@Chrish182x) June 11, 2019
Other more cynical Aston Villa supporters are desperately hoping that Dean Smith doesn’t pursue the goalkeeper.
Some believe other custodians are more suitable, whilst some simply don’t think Butland represents value for money:
Please Don’t Pay +£20M For Jack Butland. #AVFC
— WE Are Premier League! 🦁 (@Villianboy93_) June 10, 2019
30mill for jack butland 🤔
— Patrick mooney (@patomooney9) June 2, 2019
If Jack Butland is worth £20m I'd much rather have Neil Etheridge. #utv
— TheGolfVillan (@TheGolfVillan) June 11, 2019
— shaun willans (@swillans1980) June 10, 2019
Is Jack butland all that?
— Nigel Gisbourne (@gsbrn1) June 11, 2019
Christ butland is a liability
— Danny (@daneboi29) June 11, 2019