One of the regular rumours that we’ve seen so far during the 2019/20 summer transfer window has been speculation linking us with a move for England and Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The last real update suggested that we had moved on amid claims that Stoke wouldn’t budge from a fee of £25million and we’ve seen links with Burnley’s Tom Heaton and others since then, but we continue to get the occasional mention when the press rehash the Butland rumours and it all kicked off again when the Stoke Sentinel had him admitting that continuing to play in the Championship would be ‘an issue’ when it came to his England career.
Now manager Nathan Jones has had his say, and I think been quite clever really in his choice of words.
“We don’t want Jack to go. Jack’s a Premier League goalkeeper, no two ways about it. If there is any suitor for Jack Butland, then they have to pay the value. This is not a club that is desperate to sell or needs to sell. If anyone would like him, there’s a value on him. Jack knows that, we know that. There’s been a lot of speculation, which is not good for the player, so if anyone is going to, come and do it. If not, then move on so we can settle down.”
It’s a clear ‘come and get him’ for me, but couched nicely in tempering any fall out if an offer doesn’t arrive as Jones is being open and honest, so Butland can’t try and play the line that the club are denying him a move.