According to a report in The Sun, Liverpool are plotting a £20 million move for Stoke City’s impressive young goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The former Birmingham City star has risen to prominence this season after being installed as Stoke’s number one goalkeeper following Asmir Begovic’s summer switch to Chelsea.
A number of eye-catching performances have prompted an international call-up and many Premier League observers see him as a genuine contender to Joe Hart’s regular England spot.
After firmly establishing himself as one of the division's top goalkeepers on current form, Stoke boss Mark Hughes will be desperate to hold onto him but strong interest will surely become inevitable.
And, as per a report in The Sun, Liverpool are already eyeing Butland as a potential Simon Mignolet replacement with a bid in the region of £20m cited in the editorial.
Liverpool have struggled in the goalkeeping department ever since Pepe Reina’s loss of form and his successor Mignolet has ultimately failed to impress on Merseyside.
The Belgium international is a superb shot stopper yet key aspects of his game such as his command of the area, organisation of the defence and aerial dominance have been called into question.
Butland, 22, would undoubtedly be a sound option for the Anfield outfit and his age gives boss Jurgen Klopp real assurance in terms of potentially being a reliable goalkeeper for the foreseeable future.
Butland has earned three international caps for England and has kept five clean sheets for Stoke already this season, with the Potters currently sitting 12th in the Premier League table.
The report goes on to say that Everton are also keen as the Toffees seek a new long-term custodian.