Crystal Palace eyeing £15m move for Stoke stopper Jack Butland

Crystal Palace are eyeing a £15m move to sign Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, amid doubts over the future of Spanish keeper Vicente Guaita as reported by The Sun.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Guaita only arrived at the club in the summer after initially signing a pre-contract agreement back in January of last year, but the Eagles have some doubts over his long-term commitment to the club which could see him heading back to Spain.

Butland stayed loyal to the Potters despite their relegation to the Championship, but may not want to spend a second consecutive season outside of the top-flight with Stoke extremely unlikely to win promotion this season.

As a result, Palace, who have been keeping tabs on the situation, could swoop in to sign the England international who would be required to take a pay cut if he were to spend another season in the second tier.

A waste of money for Palace?

It has been reported as recently as January that the south London-based club have limited funds, and could only afford to bring Michy Batshuayi in on a loan deal whilst also signing little-known Brazilian keeper Lucas Perri on a temporary deal with an option to buy.

Along with Perri, who is yet to make an appearance but can be signed for what one would assume will be a minimal fee, Palace have Wales international Wayne Hennessey on their books, along with veteran glovesman Julian Speroni.

Hennessey started against Burnley last time out, and had been Roy Hodgson’s number one last season until Guaita’s arrival, so he is clearly trusted.

The fact that Palace have Hennessey, and will potentially have Perri makes any deal for 25-year-old Butland seem like a strange one, especially at such a huge cost. When you consider the problem up top, which is currently being covered up temporarily by Batshuayi’s brilliance, any decision to spend such a sum on a goalkeeper would be a baffling one.