West Ham manager David Moyes has told the club’s board to launch an ambitious swoop for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland if they keep him on as manager this summer, according to a journalist.
The Sun reporter Alan Nixon has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Scottish boss has named the giant shot stopper, who stands at 6’4″, as his number one target ahead of the summer window, but only if he remains in the dugout.
The former Everton and Manchester United boss signed a deal until the end of the season and has yet to extend his contract at the London Stadium, having guided the team to Premier League safety.
Butland is said to have attracted the attention of Wolves this summer, but Paul Lambert rubbished suggestions of a £35million bid by stating that such a bid might get one of his gloves.
Football Insider verdict
If Butland does arrive at the Irons this summer then Joe Hart and Adrian best get looking for new clubs, for neither stand a chance of being number one. The Stoke man, despite the Potters being relegated to the Championship, is one of the most in-demand stars ahead of the summer and there are going to be a whole host of clubs battling West Ham for his signing. Of course, the top brass at the London Stadium need to decide if Moyes is going to be the man to take them forward or whether they want a new man to take the helm for next season. That has got to be the priority right now, and only once they have sorted that out, should they be thinking about making big money moves for players such as Butland. Has Moyes done enough to secure his future in east London? That is debatable, and there will be an argument for both sides of the coin.
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