Report: Leeds closing in on loan deal for Stoke goalkeeper

Jack Butland has found his path to the first team blocked by No.1 Asmir Begovic and has sought pastures new for the short term at Elland Road.

Leeds United are reportedly on the verge of sealing a major coup by landing Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland on loan.

The Championship outfit had seemingly been close to snapping up Tottenham Hotspur shot-stopper Heurelho Gomes but they have now switched their attentions to the former Birmingham City man.

Butland joined Stoke in at the end of the January transfer window last year but has found first-team opportunities limited due to Asmir Begovic's standing in the Potters setup.

He did enjoy a small run in the starting XI after injury to the Bosnian but his return to fitness has prompted Leeds' move and Sky Sports are reporting a deal is inching closer.

Brian McDermott has been determined to find a new keeper to rival current No.1 Paddy Kenny between the posts at Elland Road and it would appear Butland fits the bill.

Young, talented and determined for first-team football the move makes sense for all three parties for a man who spent time on loan earlier this season at Leeds' Yorkshire rivals Barnsley.

Butland has still not given up hope of sneaking his way into the England setup ahead of the 2014 World Cup but knows he must be playing regularly to stand any chance. Now it would appear he will have the chance to fight it out with Kenny to help Leeds' push for the play-offs.

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