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Butland edges closer to Liverpool move

Liverpool are certainly a hot topic of conversation at the Football Transfer Tavern this month with plenty of deals going on and The Mirror reports that another could be under way for England international Jack Butland.

The Birmingham City goalkeeper is set to be sold by the club who are financially struggling, sparking a bidding war between a host of clubs given how highly rated the 19-year-old is. Liverpool have been shopping around to find a successor for current keeper Pepe Reina and feel that the Blues stopper could be the ideal replacement.

However, there will be competition to land the 19-year-old’s signature with local rivals Everton also interested in the player who is resigned to leaving City after takeover talks stalled for the club and a sacrificial lamb in Butland is likely to be put forward in order to raise the cash the club desperately need to stay afloat.

Birmingham executive Peter Pannu admitted that due to the debacle surrounding Carson Yeung at the club they: “need to ensure that we do not go in to administration by raising some funds. It maybe the case that further disposal will have to be made to maintain the cash flow.”

Should Butland make the move to Merseyside, it could well mean Pepe Reina is no longer required at the club, with the Mirror claiming that he could well be allowed to leave and join long-term admirers Arsenal.

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