Southampton favourites for Birmingham keeper Butland

Southampton are favourites for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Southampton are favourites for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

The Sun says the South Coast club came in with a £6million bid for Butland last summer. It was rejected but Birmingham’s finances are desperate after the sale of the club was again delayed and a cut-price £5m offer could succeed.

Southampton are set to step up their pursuit of Butland once chairman Nicola Cortese returns from a break this week.

Liverpool and Everton are also interested, although they may be put off by the price tag.

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