Report: Crystal Palace heading chase for Stoke City’s Jack Butland

Stoke City's Jack Butland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City at Ewood Park on April 6, 2019 in Blackburn, England.

Everton and Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in Stoke City’s Jack Butland.

Stoke City's Jack Butland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City at Ewood Park on April 6, 2019 in Blackburn, England.

Crystal Palace are leading the race for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, according to The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 61, April 7, 2019).

The Sun has also claimed that Palace’s Premier League rivals, Everton, are looking at Butland as a potential replacement for Jordan Pickford.

 

Stoke City exit

Butland is one of the best goalkeepers in the Championship, and there is no doubt that he is good enough to play for Palace, Everton or any other club in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old England international has yet to reach his peak, and if Stoke are unable to win promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season, then it is hard to see the Potters keep hold of the former Birmingham City man beyond the summer.

Jack Butland of Stoke City during the Sky Bet Championship between Derby County and Stoke City at Pride Park Stadium on March 13, 2019 in Derby, England.

Crystal Palace or Everton?

Everton are an ambitious club, and with Palace fighting for survival in the Premier League pretty much every season, Butland is likely to pick the Toffees over the Eagles.

So far this season, the goalkeeper has made 40 appearances in the Championship for Stoke, according to WhoScored.

Stoke City's Jack Butland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City at Ewood Park on April 6, 2019 in Blackburn, England.

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