Manchester United

Utd Scout Eric Steele Monitoring £3M Man

Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to sign yet another young goalkeeper, after sending goalkeeping coach Eric Steele on a scouting mission to watch Cheltenham’s Jack Butland.

According to the Daily Mirror, Steele watched Butland in an impressive performance against Rotherham at the weekend.

The 19-year-old is on-loan from Birmingham City and there is thought to be a long queue for his signature, due to his excellent form for the League 2 outfit.

Butland has represented England at every level up to the under-21’s but is yet to feature for the Birmingham first team. It is thought a fee of around £3 million will be enough to break the Blues resolve, especially with the club in financial difficulty.

Manchester United spent nearly £18 million on David De Gea last summer, and after a shaky start, the Spaniard has really started to impress. They also have Anders Lindegaard to come back from injury and highly-rated youngster Ben Amos.

Signing another goalkeeper isn’t really the top priority for United this season, but it seems that Butland has been so good, that Ferguson seriously wants him, even if he is later sold for a profit – or even just to stop his Premier League rival getting their hands on such a talented young player.

I don’t think signing another goalkeeper now would send the right message to his current crop and I believe the Red Devils are merely looking into the possibility, rather than going all out to sign Butland.


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