Wolves now have the perfect chance to go out and snap up Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland after the Staffordshire club’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed with a defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Butland, 25, was left in tears after the full-time whistle and has since launched a stinging attack on Stoke’s transfer policy and the mentality of those who have played no part in helping the club avoid their first relegation from the top-flight since the 1980s.
The England international’s comments, that were quoted by the Telegraph, prove that he is not a man who is willing to stay around in the summer after publically shaming team-mates and blasting the club’s hiearchy – and that is perfect for Wolves who are reportedly eyeing up a bid for the goalkeeper.
The Express has reported Wolves have prepared an “aggressive” bid worth £35million for Butland, however according to the Telegraph, Stoke will demand over £40million for the former Birmingham shot-stopper, who is bound for Russia in the summer as part of the England World Cup squad.
It would be quite the spend by Wolves if they are willing to pursue the 25-year-old for a fee of £40million-plus, but if they wanted to, it seems that he would be all ears and would listen to what Nuno Espirito Santo had to offer.
The Daily Mail has previously reported that Butland earns £60,000-a-week at Stoke, but you can bet that Wolves would have to shell out a lot more if they want an England international between the sticks for their return to the Premier League.
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