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Aston Villa rival Bournmouth for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland

Aston Villa are readying a £20m offer for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Sky Sports says Villa have joined Bournemouth in the chase for England goalkeeper Butland.

However, it is thought a bid in excess of £20m would be needed to persuade Stoke City to sell him.

Butland still has two years left on his Stoke contract, but the club's player of the season is keen on a move back to the Premier League - or abroad - in order to improve his chances with the national team.

Villa are in the market for a top class keeper whilst Norwegian international Orjan Nyland continues to recover from his ruptured Achilles, and with youngster Jed Steer not thought to be ready for a full season in the Premier League.


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