According to Football Insider, a Bournemouth scout was in attendance for Stoke City’s 2-2 draw with Rotherham on Saturday as the Cherries look to step up their pursuit of England international Jack Butland.
After recent blunders from Asmir Begovic, Eddie Howe’s keenness on a new goalkeeper makes sense.
Could Butland be the final piece in the jigsaw for Bournemouth?
Well, Football Insider understands that the Vitality Stadium outfit could be on the hunt for two goalkeepers this summer with the aforementioned Begovic falling out of favour and Artur Boruc, whose contract also runs out at the end of the campaign, not getting any younger.
Butland is expected to finally leave the bet365 Stadium this summer having surprisingly remained at the club after relegation to the Championship last season. The 26-year-old has been a regular fixture in the Potters lineup this term, playing all 42 league games and keeping 17 clean sheets.
Bournemouth will have to stump up the cash if they’re to get their man though – Stoke are set to demand a fee in the region of £15m for the number 1’s services, although it will certainly be worth it from a Cherries point of view.
Howe has gone to great lengths to lower the average age of his squad in recent seasons, with the likes of Jordon Ibe, Dominic Solanke, Nathan Ake and David Brooks recruited in the hope that they will be a big part of the Cherries’ future, as well as their present.
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The south coast outfit have youth in all areas of the pitch and look set to be a force in the Premier League for the foreseeable future, although one role isn’t quite locked down for the next decade: goalkeeper.
Begovic, 31 and Boruc, 39, won’t be able to guard the net forever so signing a young, quality goalkeeper would mean Bournemouth have pretty much all bases covered for the next five or six seasons, as long as they can keep all their young stars of course.
Butland is highly-rated and still has room to grow, so the move would make perfect sense, although Bournemouth surely won’t be the only suitors come the summer.
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