With all eyes on the imminent announcement of Bryan Oviedo's arrival from FC Copenhagen and the hoped-for signing of a central midfielder mentioned by Steve Round earlier in the day, the reported interest in Butland comes as something of a surprise.
Sky suggest that the Blues have offered the Midlanders £6m, paid in instalments, and a natural possibility could be that the Club will offer the loan the 19-year-old back to St Andrews to continue his development while Tim Howard retains his iron grip on the first-choice slot at Goodison Park.
The Echo's Greg O'Keeffe, however, says that the Blues have ended their interest due to City's high asking price, thought to be £8m.
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602 Posted 31/08/2012 at 19:54:22
Surely we could find a better way to spend £6m (in instalments) when we're supposed to be skint?
604 Posted 31/08/2012 at 19:57:39
606 Posted 31/08/2012 at 20:13:23
Would be very happy if this comes off, other than right back we will have strength throughout. This kid will have 12-14years on howard too so it represents good business.
607 Posted 31/08/2012 at 20:14:58
609 Posted 31/08/2012 at 20:23:05
Best of both worlds for Everton and Birmingham
610 Posted 31/08/2012 at 20:20:22
Has Kenwright sold one of his kidneys to fund all these transfers?
612 Posted 31/08/2012 at 20:27:12
613 Posted 31/08/2012 at 20:32:30
616 Posted 31/08/2012 at 20:42:15
617 Posted 31/08/2012 at 20:52:16
I very much doubt we have that money in the first place, installments or not. But £6million on a player that won't play for us in the next 12 months?! Crackers.
Mucha is garbage though - a decent experienced GK would be nice. Not some kid who needs games.
621 Posted 31/08/2012 at 21:10:50
623 Posted 31/08/2012 at 21:13:31
In goal keeping terms Butland is a baby and not ready to be our number 1 yet but if he turns out as expected he will prove to be a bargin. The alternative is to wait a couple of years till he can come straight in as number 1 but would probably cost twice as much and have a lot more clubs wanting his signature.
625 Posted 31/08/2012 at 21:18:18
It's like this supposed move for Essien. I don't get it. Is he wanting to drop Gibson? I honestly think Gibson is better than Essien these days. So is Essien happy on our bench rather than Chelsea's?
626 Posted 31/08/2012 at 21:31:38
633 Posted 31/08/2012 at 22:08:22
636 Posted 31/08/2012 at 22:26:22
637 Posted 31/08/2012 at 22:54:38
660 Posted 01/09/2012 at 01:43:15
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