Aston Villa set to miss out on England keeper Jack Butland as they refuse to meet Stoke’s £20m transfer value


ASTON VILLA’S hopes of signing Jack Butland have been hit by a sell-on clause that would give rivals Birmingham a bumper pay day.

Stoke City have slapped a £20million-plus price tag on Butland’s head — knowing 20 per cent of the profit they make goes to the England keeper’s former club.

Jack Butland’s move to Aston Villa is on the rocks after they refused to meet Stoke’s valuation
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Brum inserted the clause when they sold him to Stoke for just £3.5million six years ago.

And now the Potters are refusing to lower their price which means Butland could be staying in the Championship.


Villa boss Dean Smith wants a new keeper and Butland was a clear target.

Bournemouth and Crystal Palace were also keen but neither have met Stoke’s valuation.

Now Smith is weighing up moves for Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge and Burnley keeper Tom Heaton.

Stoke boss Nathan Jones plans to have Butland in his team when the Championship season opens next weekend.

Jones said: “Unless we get an offer meeting our valuation, and to be honest I doubt we will now, Jack Butland will be lining up against QPR.”

The Potters boss has another headache at the back after club captain Ryan Shawcross suffered a horrific leg injury during a pre-season friendly with Leicester.

And Jones said he knew something was seriously wrong as soon as the defender crumpled to the floor.


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