Liverpool to exploit Birmingham troubles with Butland swoop

The financial problems plaguing Championship side Birmingham City could give Liverpool an opening to bolster their squad in the transfer window, as the Premier League club move for England international goalkeeper Jack Butland, according to the Daily Mirror.

Birmingham turned down an offer of £6m for Butland from Southampton in the summer, but the club’s financial situation has deteriorated since then and with a proposed takeover no nearer to completion, Peter Pannu, Birmingham’s acting chairman, has been frank in admitting the need to raise funds quickly.

That means that if Liverpool were to match Southampton’s offer then the Midlands side would have little choice but to accept. Pannu added: “I can’t let this club run into the ground. The principle is to keep the club going. I rejected a £6m bid in the summer for our keeper Jack Butland from ¬Southampton, but I might not be able to reject it if I get something similar now.

Butland was originally named by Roy Hodgson as a standby player for Euro 2012, but a broken finger suffered by Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy saw the teenager called into the tournament squad. Butland later kept goal for Team GB in the London Olympics, and made his England senior debut August against Italy, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to play for England.

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