Butland reportedly keen on Bournemouth switch
Soke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has suggested he would be open to moving to AFC Bournemouth in the summer.
That’s according to Football Insider, who report that Butland is desperate to make the step back up to the Premier League for next season.
The 26-year-old has missed just one Championship match for the Potters this campaign, and that was so he could be present for the birth of his child.
He has substantial experience in the top flight and has still been picked in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this season, despite playing at a lower level.
The ex-Birmingham City man has a total of nine international caps to his name and Cherries boss Eddie Howe has been keeping tabs on his performances given the goalkeeping situation at Vitality Stadium.
39-year-old Artur Boruc is out of contract this summer, whilst Bosnian international Asmir Begovic has been less than consistent between the sticks this term.
Stoke are reported to want in the region of £15m to let Butland leave, and it remains to be seen whether the Cherries would be willing to part with such a fee.
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The 32-year-old would be an experienced option for Howe, having racked up over 350 career league appearances and 33 Republic of Ireland caps
After many loan spells away from Manchester United, Johnstone joined West Brom on a permanent deal last summer and could fancy the prospect of testing himself at a higher level
On loan at Sheffield United from Old Trafford, Henderson has impressed for the Blades whilst also representing England at U21 level
The Dutchman signed a two-year deal with Norwich City last summer and has since started every league match between the sticks
Lumley has enjoyed a fantastic breakthrough season at Queens Park Rangers, keeping 14 Championship cleansheets for the London club