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Report: Norwich City interested in Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland

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Report: Norwich City interested in Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland

Jack Butland was benched at the weekend.

Jack Butland still has some Premier League admirers despite his poor start to the season. According to The Sun, Stoke City goalkeeper Butland is a January target for Norwich City.

Norwich have enjoyed an impressive return to the Premier League so far. The Canaries have tested Liverpool and Chelsea (although both results ended in defeat) as well as thrashing Newcastle United.

But despite their promising start, Daniel Farke is keen to add reinforcements in January. Tim Krul and Ralf Fahrmann currently compete for the goalkeeper spot but Farke has his eye on Butland.

The England international was dropped by Stoke this weekend after two high-profile clangers in midweek. But this has not put Norwich off and they will launch a January bid if his price has decreased since the summer.


Aston Villa wanted Jack Butland

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Back in the summer transfer window, Butland was the subject of transfer speculation. There was some talk of a Premier League return for Butland, who needs to be playing regular top-flight football to push Jordan Pickford for the starting jersey.

Aston Villa were said to be in the hunt for the 26-year-old but they dropped their interest after Stoke demanded £25m (Sky Sports News). As per this report by The Sun, Norwich are willing to pay between £10m and £15m for Butland.

Does Jack Butland need a new challenge?

There has been a lot of discussion about Butland and what he needs to do to further his career. There is no doubt that he needs to be playing in the Premier League to bolster his England chances.

But has he earned a place in the top-flight? The ex-Birmingham City stopper has been in poor form for Stoke for a while and he needs to impress for the Potters before Norwich can justify spending big money on him.

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