By Paul Robinson

14th Dec, 2019 | 9:03am

'He's perfect' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts as West Ham set sights on £25m-valued ace

Paul Robinson has insisted Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland would be a “perfect” January signing for West Ham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England goalkeeper claimed the Hammers must strengthen in a department that has caused them immense problems in recent months.

Manuel Pellegrini has been forced to turn to David Martin, the third-choice keeper, after his fellow summer recruit Roberto Jimenez delivered a series of dreadful displays during Lukasz Fabianski’s three months out injured.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider that the club have set their sights on Butland and a number of other British keepers proven in the Premier League.

However, Stoke value the England international at £25million, which is a major hurdle to a January deal.

Whether Jack Butland would come and want to be a number two/stroke number one would be another question,” Robinson told Football Insider. “You look across the Premier League, most teams now carry two top-class goalkeepers and they’re competing on different fronts, in different cup competitions, so the second choice goalkeeper does get to play.

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“Jack Butland, he’s a perfect fit because he would look at it and think: ‘I could possibly take the number one jersey off Fabianski as well’.

“I do genuinely that’s an area West Ham need to strengthen.”

Butland, who stands at 6ft 4in, has nine England caps and is proven in the Premier League.

He stayed on with the Potters following their relegation at the end of the 2017-18 campaign and has started 59 of their 67 Championship matches since then.

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