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Wolves Join The Race To Sign 26 Y/O Stoke City Defensive Shield: Do They Really Need Him?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Recent reports claim that Wolves have taken a liking in Stoke City goalkeeper, Jack Butland, who is also on the transfer shortlist of Liverpool. The 26-year-old is expected to cost around £35m and the newly promoted Wanderers side are not exactly shy of spending such magnanimous amounts.

Under the new ownership of Fosun International, the Molineux-based outfit have taken a more modern and ambitious approach to things, which has landed them with a Championship title this season and has earmarked their return to the Premier League. A wonderful achievement under the management of a top-pedigree Portuguese head coach, Nuno Espírito Santo.

On the other hand, Stoke City’s hopes of survival are slim to none with just 2 games left in the regular things. It would take a miraculous bit of luck along with 2 wins in the last 2 games for them to escape the drop.

If the inevitable does happen, it is expected that some of the high-profile names of the club will be looking for an escape and Jack Butland leads that list by a fair margin. The 25-year-old is a bright spark in the Premier League and his performances over the recent past has earned him a starting spot in the England national team.

Butland has racked up 33 total appearances for the Potters senior team and has maintained only 5 clean sheets this season. Cannot be faulted much when your team has the second-best defence in the league and is letting in over 60 goals within a league season.

Butland has worked his way over the years and has cemented his spot in the Potters first team. His total top-flight experience rounds up to 84 games and 22 clean sheets.

He has also been capped 7 times for the England national team and 52 times for the youth sides.

His presence is anticipated in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which could get hindered if the player stops playing in one of the European top-flights.

Wolves have looked scintillating in their Championship-winning campaign and should be hungry for Premier League glory. Nuno Santo has allocated a squad with ample talent to run the opponents to the ground. If he ties together all the loan pieces with permanent signatures, Butland could be the last piece to the highly promising puzzle.

Read More: Wolves Set Their Sights On Stoke City Midfield Ace: Why The Deal Is Likely To Happen!

However, questions can arise over the asking price. The Wanderers already have John Ruddy in the squad who has been rather impressive this season. He still has one year left on his contract, which could play into the final decision over the signing of 26-year-old England international.

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