Emerging talent Jack Butland has been urged to ignore the interest in him from some of the Premier League’s leading clubs in order to continue his upward trajectory, according to the Mirror.
Butland is currently on international duty with England at Euro 2012 having been called up to the senior squad following Norwich ‘keeper John Ruddy’s injury which ruled him out of the tournament.
The Mirror reports that England’s number one Joe Hart has been so impressed with Butland that he has recommended him to Manchester City, while numerous other clubs have sent scouts to run the rule over the Birmingham youngster.
However Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all have established first choice keepers which his advisors fear could hinder his progress should he opt to join any of these clubs.
Only Liverpool’s shotstopper, Pepe Reina, is over 30 which could mean prolonged spells on the sidelines for Butland if he moves to one of the Premier League big boys. With Southampton interested the Mirror suggests he is being steered towards a move to St. Mary’s where he can become an established first choice in his own right.
Brad Freidel is established as Tottenham’s first choice keeper, but at 41-years-old the American is unlikely to pose much of a threat to Butland’s long-term career, meaning a move to Spurs could be on the cards.
Whoever manages to land the talented youngster will likely have to fork out around £3.5 million for his services.