Stoke, Derby or Orlando? That is the choice reported to be facing Jack Butland.
All very confusing, but this is an important crossroads in the career of a man strongly tipped to inherit the England number one jersey from Manchester City’s Joe Hart.
Butland is already captain of the under-21 side and made his senior debut back in 2012.
Progress from that point has been slow, though, with Premier League opportunities denied him at Stoke due to the fierce competition for places provided by established stars such as Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen.
Loan spells have been sought in an effort to get much-needed game time, with Barnsley, Leeds United and Derby offering Butland a Championship stage on which to perform.
He currently tops the second tier standings at the iPro Stadium, but a 28-day loan is due to expire during the international break.
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Derby hope the youngster can be persuaded to remain part of their plans, even with Lee Grant closing on a return to action following an ankle sprain.
Rams coach Paul Simpson told the Derby Telegraph: “I know there have been discussions about it. We’re going to wait and see how Lee progresses.
“I think it’s a discussion the manager (Steve McClaren) will have to have with Stoke City to see what they’re thinking.
“I think Jack has got stronger as the month has gone on, as he’s got more games under his belt. Hopefully, if needed, then we’re able to do something.”
There is every chance that Derby will be able to agree an extension through to January, but that may be as far as they get.
If reports of interest from America are to be believed, then Butland will soon be offered the opportunity to line up alongside Brazilian superstar Kaka.
Orlando City are preparing to make their MLS bow in 2015 and are eager to bring as much experience onto their books as possible – and a shot-stopper of Butland’s undoubted ability would be a welcome addition as they seek to make headlines on and off the field.