EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Stoke City are plotting a move for Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster should they lose Jack Butland in January, Football Insider sources understands.
Stoke are drawing up a list of replacements for England international Butland should any Premier League clubs come calling for the shot-stopper when the transfer window reopens in January.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Forster is interested in a move away from Southampton in January as he looks to kick-start his career again and Stoke are ready to offer him an escape route.
Forster has emerged on Stoke’s radar after finding himself frozen out of the first-team picture at Southampton during the last 12 months.
The 30-year-old, who has not featured for the Saints in a matchday squad this season, is third-choice keeper at St Mary’s behind Alex McCarthy and Angus Gunn.
Butland’s future was the subject of conjecture in the summer and although Stoke managed to keep hold of the highly-rated keeper they are bracing themselves for further interest in January leading them to consider their goalkeeping options.
In other Championship transfer news, it can be revealed the Yorkshire giants have lined up a stunning January triple signing swoop.