Report: Aston Villa have Jed Steer reservations and want Stoke's Jack Butland

Dean Smith, manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Premier League newcomers Aston Villa are reportedly keen to sign Jack Butland from Championship underachievers Stoke City.

Jed Steer of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Aston Villa do not feel that Jed Steer is ready for Premier League football and, according to Sky Sports, they have identified Stoke City’s Jack Butland as a £20 million replacement.

The 2018/19 campaign was a bizarre one for Steer. He started Villa’s opening game of the Championship campaign, a 3-1 win at Hull City, before being loaned out to Charlton Athletic.

 

Just a few months later however, Steer had been re-called midway through his season-long spell at The Valley before establishing himself as Villa’s number one, ahead of Norway international Orjan Nyland and £7 million January signing Lovre Kalinic.

But, although the 26-year-old played a major role as Dean Smith’s side sealed a return to the Premier League by beating Derby in the play-off final, Sky Sports claims that Steer is unlikely to be Villa’s number one when the new season kicks off.

Jed Steer (12) of Aston Villa makes a save during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium, London on Monday 27th May 2019. (Credit: Jon...

Instead, they appear to be targeting a goalkeeper who has proven himself in the Premier League with Butland, an established England international, ticking plenty of boxes.

Stoke want at least £20 million for their reigning Player of the Year – but such a fee is unlikely to put off an Aston Villa side who are expected to make a splash in the transfer market.

22nd April 2019, bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England; EFL Championship football, Stoke City versus Norwich City;  Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland saves the ball from a cross

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