Liverpool and Everton to go head-to-head for talented youngster.
EVERTON are set for a January battle with Liverpool for young England keeper Jack Butland.
Toffees boss David Moyes wants competition for current No.1 Tim Howard and has identified Birmingham stopper Butland, 19, as the man.
SOURCE: Daily Star
Both Liverpool and Everton have been considering their respective goalkeeping options of late.
Long-time Reds’ number one Pepe Reina has had issues with both form and injuries, with a feeling at Anfield that the Spaniard lacked competition despite a brief challenge from Aussie Brad Jones.
Across Stanley Park David Moyes, meanwhile, has admitted he is looking to bring a player worthy of challenging American Tim Howard for the Toffees number one spot and has been linked with free agent Craig Gordon.
Youngster Jack Butland could therefore be a very useful addition to either club’s squad and the teenager is clearly a player with a bright future.
The Birmingham City man was selected in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad and was Team GB’s ‘keeper for the 2012 Olympic Games, before he’d made a single senior appearance for the Blues.
The youngster has since gone to start every one of the club’s 21 Championship fixtures this season.
Birmingham City are struggling at the wrong end of the table and may well be feeling the pinch since being relegated from the top tier. As such, the St Andrews’ outfit may well have to consider cashing in on their prize-asset to help balance the books.
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