Any Saints bid for Jack Butland 'would have to be eye-popping' say Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM City will only sell goalkeeper Jack Butland to Saints if they receive an “eye-popping offer”.

The 19-year-old Blues ace, pictured, who was part of the England squad for Euro 2012, has been attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

That includes Saints, who have enquired about the player.

However, Birmingham’s acting chairman, Peter Pannu, has said the Championship outfit would only let Butland leave in return for a major fee.

The player is reportedly valued between £3m and £4m.

Included in a statement addressing a number of issues at the club, Pannu said: “Jack Butland and (winger) Nathan Redmond are not for sale unless we are subject to an eye-popping offer.”

However, the Blues are facing a difficult financial future, with Pannu warning they must be careful to avoid administration.

And he has made it clear that Birmingham would consider offers for their top stars.

Pannu added: “Our supporters should be reassured that the club will not accept any derisory financial offers for any of our key players, as has been suggested, but equally we are required to make sound and balanced financial decisions which we accept are not always going to be popular.

“After all, this is a business.

“I am sure no one wants the club to go into administration.”

Butland spent most of last season on loan at League Two side Cheltenham, making 24 appearances and keeping 11 clean sheets.

He is one of a number of keepers Saints have been linked with this summer.

Newcastle’s 6ft 7in stopper Fraser Forster is another the club have asked about.

Free agent Craig Gordon has also been rumoured to be on the radar after being released by Sunderland.

Saints need a new keeper after releasing Bartosz Bialkowski, who has since joined League 1 club Notts County.

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2:38pm Wed 27 Jun 12

Alicesdad says...

No doubt we could make an "eye popping" offer. But NC is shrewd and it's not his intention to rescue Birmingham or take any notice of headline catching comments. If NC/NA want a player then they will negotiate, make an offer, and if it's refused they will move on. They don't muck about. If we do make an offer I doubt Birmingham are in any position to refuse it unless they receive a larger one from elsewhere. Somehow I doubt this will happen.

So we shall see. It remains to be seen if we are in competition with other clubs for Butlands services. Much of that type of comment is drummed up by agents trying to increase their percentage.

I remain completely confident that we will build our team prudently and inject flair and skill. It takes time and we want to get it right.

It's just brilliant that we are in a position to be going after these players. This club is going to be even more awesome than it was before. It is truly wonderful being a Saint !!
No doubt we could make an "eye popping" offer. But NC is shrewd and it's not his intention to rescue Birmingham or take any notice of headline catching comments. If NC/NA want a player then they will negotiate, make an offer, and if it's refused they will move on. They don't muck about. If we do make an offer I doubt Birmingham are in any position to refuse it unless they receive a larger one from elsewhere. Somehow I doubt this will happen. So we shall see. It remains to be seen if we are in competition with other clubs for Butlands services. Much of that type of comment is drummed up by agents trying to increase their percentage. I remain completely confident that we will build our team prudently and inject flair and skill. It takes time and we want to get it right. It's just brilliant that we are in a position to be going after these players. This club is going to be even more awesome than it was before. It is truly wonderful being a Saint !! Alicesdad
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2:50pm Wed 27 Jun 12

SFCOLDBOY says...

Regardless of media speculation, I have no doubt that if Butland is on Saints radar,the management quite likely have already got the deal done.
Birmingham have financial worries like most clubs therefore they will display the most positive vibe for their supporters and backers.
If he is not a target then I am certain that there are other irons in the fire.
COYR
Regardless of media speculation, I have no doubt that if Butland is on Saints radar,the management quite likely have already got the deal done. Birmingham have financial worries like most clubs therefore they will display the most positive vibe for their supporters and backers. If he is not a target then I am certain that there are other irons in the fire. COYR SFCOLDBOY
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2:54pm Wed 27 Jun 12

arm chair fan says...

good hard cash can be difficult to turn down when you are broke . money on table now may be tempting .
good hard cash can be difficult to turn down when you are broke . money on table now may be tempting . arm chair fan
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2:55pm Wed 27 Jun 12

notaclue says...

What do you expect him to say -To all those interested we will give him away for under market value?
What do you expect him to say -To all those interested we will give him away for under market value? notaclue
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2:55pm Wed 27 Jun 12

mbetts says...

Basically this story should read: Man City - Come and get me!

19 Year old prospect, who might one day be world class, or alternatively might one day be the goalkeeping equivalent of Francis Jeffers.

I think we need to look elsewhere, it'd be lovely to have the next big thing, but since his inclusion in the Euro Squad he's now destined for a mega money move, we should have snapped him up before he became well known.
Basically this story should read: Man City - Come and get me! 19 Year old prospect, who might one day be world class, or alternatively might one day be the goalkeeping equivalent of Francis Jeffers. I think we need to look elsewhere, it'd be lovely to have the next big thing, but since his inclusion in the Euro Squad he's now destined for a mega money move, we should have snapped him up before he became well known. mbetts
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6:46pm Wed 27 Jun 12

worried of n e hampshire says...

read this somwhere else a couple of days ago,
read this somwhere else a couple of days ago, worried of n e hampshire
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8:28pm Wed 27 Jun 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

If he's that good 3-4m isn't silly money. Haggle them down abit and do the deal.
If he's that good 3-4m isn't silly money. Haggle them down abit and do the deal. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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2:15am Thu 28 Jun 12

Ashley Charles Pragnell says...

Six million is to much for untested keeper. There is a goal keeper by the name of Alan Macgregor available on a free from Rangers. He is one of ten players who has not signed a newco contract. He is Scotlands international keeper. Now that would be a shrewed move. Also there are other keepers out there, such as Gilks , Foster of Birmingham, Foster of Newcastle and Gordon of Sunderland? Butland is to expensive.
Six million is to much for untested keeper. There is a goal keeper by the name of Alan Macgregor available on a free from Rangers. He is one of ten players who has not signed a newco contract. He is Scotlands international keeper. Now that would be a shrewed move. Also there are other keepers out there, such as Gilks , Foster of Birmingham, Foster of Newcastle and Gordon of Sunderland? Butland is to expensive. Ashley Charles Pragnell
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8:49am Thu 28 Jun 12

SaintsOverseer says...

Personally i'd go for Alex Smithies from Huddersfield, a top keeper who is consistant and still young at 22.
Personally i'd go for Alex Smithies from Huddersfield, a top keeper who is consistant and still young at 22. SaintsOverseer
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