Does report give Wolves renewed hope of signing Stoke's Jack Butland?

Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday at Molineux on April 28, 2018...

Premier League newcomers Wolves reportedly want to sign Jack Butland from relegated Stoke City in this summers' transfer window.

Manager of Stoke City Paul Lambert during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Watford at Bet365 Stadium on January 31, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert laughed off suggestions that £35 million could be enough to buy Jack Butland this summer.

According to the Express, ambitious Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers were keen to sign the England international goalkeeper this summer and were willing to make him the most expensive shot-stopper in football history.

But Lambert, in quotes reported by Stoke-on-Trent Live, suggested that Wolves would be lucky to buy one glove for £35 million.

Jack Butland of England applauds the crowd after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Nonetheless, any hope that Stoke might have had of hanging on to Butland this summer seem to have disappeared after their ten-year stay in the Premier League was brought to an end by last week’s home defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Mail state that Stoke expect the former Birmingham City glovesman to leave the Bet 365 Stadium this summer and have prepared for his departure by targeting a loan deal for Manchester City youngster Angus Gunn.

Gunn spent this season on loan at Norwich so is proven at Championship level.

Angus Gunn of Norwich City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Leeds United at Carrow Road on April 28, 2018 in Norwich, England.

And news that Stoke have a replacement lined up should give Wolves renewed hope, particularly after recent suggestions that Stoke would fight tooth and nail to keep Butland at the club as they aim to bounce back immediately to the top flight.

John Ruddy has been a solid option between the sticks for Wolves this season, winning the Championship Golden Glove award after keeping 24 clean sheets. Butland, however, is a different proposition entirely.

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