City admit £6m Saints snub

JACK BUTLAND

JACK BUTLAND

First published in Sport

BIRMINGHAM City have admitted for the first time they rejected a £6m offer from Saints for goalkeeper Jack Butland last summer.

The 19-year-old could well have to leave Birmingham in the January transfer window in order to keep the club out of administration.

He is being chased by several teams, most notably Liverpool, who are understood to have already been in talks with the Midlands outfit.

Acting chairman Peter Pannu has admitted the cash-strapped club may not be able to resist the temptation to cash in on their prized asset.

“I can’t say that we are in a very wonderful situation, I would be lying if I said that,” Pannu said.

“This is a very tricky question (player sales). What I can say is that – and I might be blasted for this by the fans – no one is for sale and everyone is available. As at any club.

“Give me a £15m offer for Jack Butland, can I say no?

“I have rejected £6m from Southampton (in the summer) but I rejected it when our finances were OK.

“As the time is ticking, I might not be able to reject it if I get something similar.

“I do have a responsibility to keep the club running.”

Butland is not the only player facing a possible exit, with a handful of other high earners troubling Birmingham’s wage bill, most notably Nikola Zigic’s £50,000-plus a week wages.

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7:52am Sat 29 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

And so in a few short weeks you managed to become cash strapped without seeing it coming? Poor effort Mr Pannu.
And so in a few short weeks you managed to become cash strapped without seeing it coming? Poor effort Mr Pannu. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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7:52am Sat 29 Dec 12

SaintMax says...

We do need to invest in a goalie, but is this bloke still too much of a rookie?
We do need to invest in a goalie, but is this bloke still too much of a rookie? SaintMax
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8:21am Sat 29 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

SaintMax wrote:
We do need to invest in a goalie, but is this bloke still too much of a rookie?
.. and overpriced.
[quote][p][bold]SaintMax[/bold] wrote: We do need to invest in a goalie, but is this bloke still too much of a rookie?[/p][/quote].. and overpriced. OSPREYSAINT
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9:08am Sat 29 Dec 12

alanrr says...

i am the only one who thinks gazza is the future..............
..needs games though and possibly english/portugese/ja
panese lessons
i am the only one who thinks gazza is the future.............. ..needs games though and possibly english/portugese/ja panese lessons alanrr
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9:44am Sat 29 Dec 12

sarfhamton says...

Too young, too expensive and too English
Too young, too expensive and too English sarfhamton
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10:01am Sat 29 Dec 12

Rising_Son says...

sarfhamton wrote:
Too young, too expensive and too English
Too English! Don't let our resident xenophobe, Saintlysoul, hear you say that.
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Too young, too expensive and too English[/p][/quote]Too English! Don't let our resident xenophobe, Saintlysoul, hear you say that. Rising_Son
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10:19am Sat 29 Dec 12

loosehead says...

sarfhamton wrote:
Too young, too expensive and too English
Do you mean the way he plays? or what's wrong with being English?
[quote][p][bold]sarfhamton[/bold] wrote: Too young, too expensive and too English[/p][/quote]Do you mean the way he plays? or what's wrong with being English? loosehead
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11:42am Sat 29 Dec 12

theocelot says...

£4m bid. nothing more. play thier finances like everyone did with ours.
£4m bid. nothing more. play thier finances like everyone did with ours. theocelot
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11:52am Sat 29 Dec 12

up saints says...

don't understand our goal keeping situtation at all.gazza was number 1 now gone missing boruc is number 2 and was poor at spurs and west ham.bit like jwp best player againts i think villa and gone missing.
don't understand our goal keeping situtation at all.gazza was number 1 now gone missing boruc is number 2 and was poor at spurs and west ham.bit like jwp best player againts i think villa and gone missing. up saints
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12:17pm Sat 29 Dec 12

lowemustgo says...

We have three 'average' goalies and badly need one 'experienced' one who can COMMAND his area, is BIG, PHYSICAL, can INTIMIDATE strikers and DISTRIBUTE the ball intelligently.
A big goalie that strikers respect is worth a lot of points.
Not sure if Butland is that man?
Too many goals have been scored against us from the opposition's only cross of the game.
KD has been a brilliant servant of the club in good times and bad - We should swap either Gazza or Boruk in the process.
We have three 'average' goalies and badly need one 'experienced' one who can COMMAND his area, is BIG, PHYSICAL, can INTIMIDATE strikers and DISTRIBUTE the ball intelligently. A big goalie that strikers respect is worth a lot of points. Not sure if Butland is that man? Too many goals have been scored against us from the opposition's only cross of the game. KD has been a brilliant servant of the club in good times and bad - We should swap either Gazza or Boruk in the process. lowemustgo
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4:06pm Sat 29 Dec 12

upwherewebelong says...

Not sure 6m now would represent sensible buying. I think we probably do need another keeper but I have to hold my hands up and say I've no idea who though.
Not sure 6m now would represent sensible buying. I think we probably do need another keeper but I have to hold my hands up and say I've no idea who though. upwherewebelong
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7:01pm Sat 29 Dec 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

theocelot wrote:
£4m bid. nothing more. play thier finances like everyone did with ours.
2 million and chuck in all 3 of ours as part of the deal!
[quote][p][bold]theocelot[/bold] wrote: £4m bid. nothing more. play thier finances like everyone did with ours.[/p][/quote]2 million and chuck in all 3 of ours as part of the deal! Fatty x Ford Worker
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9:33am Sun 30 Dec 12

ctsaint says...

NC is as sharp as they come. I suspect Boruc or or even KD plus 4 m will do it. Birmingham get a championship keeper and cash.

Our keeper should be worthe 7-10 pnts per season , pretty sure none of ours fit that bill.
NC is as sharp as they come. I suspect Boruc or or even KD plus 4 m will do it. Birmingham get a championship keeper and cash. Our keeper should be worthe 7-10 pnts per season , pretty sure none of ours fit that bill. ctsaint
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