Premier League sides, Liverpool and Everton will have to splash the cash to land 19 year old Birmingham City goalkeeper, Jack Butland, according to the Daily Mirror. Birmingham City manager Lee Clark is adamant that he is not ready to let go of his young goalie for a subdued price, if at all he is forced to sell him. Birmingham had earlier rejected a sizeable 6 million pound offer from the recently promoted Premier League outfit, Southampton in this summer.
Speaking to reporters about Butland’s situation, Clark said, “By the time the window opens he’ll have played 25 or so Championship games. We would be looking for an even more substantial figure than we were offered in the summer – even though I certainly don’t want it to come to that.”
Although Clark stated that he wishes to keep the player and rebuild his side around the highly rated 19 year old, the Birmingham manager is aware of the pressure from Premier League clubs that could make an offer too good to refuse. He is not going to give in to anything subdued though, which will make it difficult for Liverpool and Everton to sign the goalkeeper this winter.