Spurs set to test the Birmingham waters with £7m bid

Jack Butland, Birmingham GoalkeeperTottenham are ready to offer £7 million for highly-rated Blues goalkeeper Jack Butland according to The Daily Mail.

The north London club are thought to be in the market for a new goalkeeper, as new coach Andre Villas Boas is said to have identified this as an area that needs strengthening.

Butland was called into the England squad for Euro 2012 and has impressed in club appearances in the lower leagues sufficiently to have a raft of Premier League clubs chasing his services.

Southampton are thought to have had a £6 million bid rejected by Birmingham City for the talented goalkeeper, and Spurs will now up the ante in a bid to capture his signing.

It is believed that Villas Boas would even allow Butland to remain at St Andrews on loan for the first year of the deal.

Meanwhile, Rafael van der Vaart’s future is also very much in the balance, as Spurs are supposedly ready to offload the forward.

The Netherlands international’s wife works for a TV station in Germany, and as such the playmaker has been linked with a move to the Bundelsiga.

Former club Hamburg and Champions League qualifiers Schalke are thought to be keen to sign him, with £10 million sufficient to convince Villas Boas to part with the attacker.

By Gareth McKnight

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