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Birmingham in line for £2.25m windfall as Jack Butland linked with £15m Palace move

Birmingham City could be in line for a much-needed £2.25m summer windfall if former goalkeeper Jack Butland joins Crystal Palace in the summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun on Sunday reported that the current Stoke City stopper, who made 46 appearances in all competitions for Brum, is a future target for the Eagles, and he is rated at £15m by the Potters.

The Birmingham Mail report that the Blues have a sell-on clause believed to be worth 15%, meaning that if the England international did go for that fee they would be entitled to £2.25m.

That would certainly be well-received given their current financial issues, and the fact they are currently under a transfer embargo and awaiting their fate, which The Telegraph report could be as bad as a deduction of 12 points for the play-off hopefuls, after breaking the English Football League’s new spending rules.

Will the move happen?

It may well do.

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Butland’s contract at the Britannia Stadium is due to run out in 2021, and it would be a surprise if he stayed should they fail to win instant promotion back to the Premier League this term.

Despite their win against Nottingham Forest on Saturday they aren’t on course to do that, given they currently lie in 16th position and 10 points adrift of the play-offs with just 11 fixtures remaining.

The 25-year-old has proved previously that he can perform at the highest level in the top flight, and the opportunity to get back there and improve his chances with the Three Lions would surely mean a deal is likely – and it would make Birmingham very happy.

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