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Stoke demand too much for Aston Villa target Butland

Stoke City are unwilling to lower their demands for goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Despite not gaining promotion to the Premier League last season, Stoke do not want to sell Butland for a cut price fee.

A report from The Sun claims that teams such as Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are being put off by his price tag.

It appears that Stoke want in excess of £23 million for the England keeper.

Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes spoke about possible transfers out of the club this summer.

He said to reporters: "Some (players) have expressed a desire to move on and it makes sense for us as well.

"Some players agreed to stay for an extra year to give us a push for promotion and it hasn't worked out.

"Take Jack as an example. Jack's on record as saying he needs to be playing in the Premier League.

"And in saying that, he is echoing what Gareth Southgate has not only told Jack, but I think without naming Jack he's said he needs his players to be playing in the Premier League.

"We recognise where Jack's at. We respect his opinion, we respect what he wants, but also we've got to look after the football club and got to make sure that if Jack is moving on, it's for a fair price."


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