Southampton are interested in Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, as per a report from Paul Joyce of The Times and it seems like current Saints’ stopper Angus Gunn could move in the opposite direction as part of any deal.
Ralph Hassenhutl is apparently looking at Stoke stopper Butland to fix his goalkeeping dilemma, despite the 27-year-old facing a turbulent time last term as he suffered a loss of form following the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Butland was highly sought after prior to the Potters’ relegation, earning numerous England call ups and nine caps, however, he struggled to recapture his form and was subsequently dropped by Gareth Southgate.
Now it seems Hassenhutl is willing to give the ‘keeper an opportunity at the top level once more as the Austrian boss attempts to solve his own goalkeeping problems.
Last week, Sky Sports revealed Stoke would accept an offer of around £8-10m for the goalkeeper.
24-year-old Gunn began last season as the Saints number one, however, he was relieved of his duties following that infamous night against Leicester City with Alex McCarthy taking the gloves.
McCarthy did a steady job for the remainder of the campaign although now it seems Hassenhutl wants additional competition for the 30-year-old.
At 27, Butland should be entering his peak as a goalkeeper, the former England man will be desperate to revive his career and St Mary’s could be the place he finds himself once more.