News today that Newcastle are eyeing a move for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who at 19 is one England’s most promising goalkeepers, and of course he represented Great Britain in the London Olympics last summer.
Jack Butland – a Newcastle target in January
And since Steve Harper will be leaving the club when his contact expires at the end of June, we need another goalkeeper coming in – but spending £4M on one in January, doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to us.
Goalkeeper is not a weakness in the side through the end of the season, although Tim Krul has not shown the excellent form he was in last season, and surely Newcastle should be bringing in a striker and some defenders and also a creative central midfielder in the short time left in January?
Jack stands 6′ 5″ tall and would give good competition to Dutch International Tim Krul, but we hardly need to spend time trying to get another goalkeeper in, when other positions in the side are so lacking in competition.
Of course Jack is a perfect recruit for Newcastle, and it seems Birmingham City need the money and will sell the Great Britain goalkeeper this month – so if Newcastle really want him – we suppose they will go after him now – although they will face competition from some bigger clubs.
Butland has made 27 league appearances for Birmingham, and 24 appearances on loan at Cheltenham over the last couple of years, and we’d be very surprised if big Jack arrives at Newcastle this month – but there again – we’ve been wrong before.
What do you think?
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