The ball is now officially rolling for Everton this summer, as the club has signed both Idrissa Gueye and Ashley Williams, who add to the ranks along fellow summer signing Maarten Stekelenburg.
With three players through the door, all strengthening different positions, Ronald Koeman will now be looking to sign a number one ‘keeper.
Stekelenburg joined the club at the start of last month, joining Joel Robles who was the preferred goalkeeper at Goodison Park during the second half of the season, though, it’s said, Koeman is actively looking to bring in another.
As the season starts in less than a week, the Dutchman will be eager to further strengthen the goalkeeper spot. Over the next few pages, here are three goalkeepers who Koeman could look to sign:
Butland took the Premier League by storm in his first season as Stoke City’s No.1. He took on the role following Begovic’s move to Chelsea, and surprised many with the level of his performances. At just 23-years-old, Butland certainly is not the most experienced on the list, however, it is likely he would come with the highest price tag.
Six years ago, Butland earned his first professional contract with Birmingham City, where he played 29 league games in three years. His time at St Andrews included two loan spells to Cheltenham Town, where he featured 24 times across the spells.
Interest was always high in Butland, Birmingham rejected a number of bids, one thought to be Everton, before accepting an offer from Stoke in 2013. It was only until this season where Butland earned his first team chance – one which he took well.
The 6’5” ‘keeper featured in 31 Premier League games last season, where he kept 10 clean sheets with an average of 2.19 saves per goal conceded. He impressed across the board, making he made 2.61 saves per game and had a claim success of 99% – matched by only West Ham’s Adrian.
Butland did not feature for Stoke in any other cup competitions and was unfortunate with an ankle injury – which saw him sidelined for Stoke’s final seven league games and England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
A move for Butland would excite Evertonians and would be a fantastic long-term option. He’s also a considerable upgrade on both Robles and Stekelenburg.