West Ham looking to snap up Butland
West Ham must snap up Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in January in order to be able to wave goodbye to Adrian in the January window.
The Sun reported on Saturday that the 6ft 5in tall giant was plotting a return to the Premier League as he was changing his agent representation in order to manufacture a move.
The national newspaper claimed that Butland had been left frustrated over not getting a move to England’s top division in the summer following the Potters' relegation and was making a change to aid his cause.
While the Hammers welcomed Lukasz Fabianski in the summer after purchasing him from Swansea City, Manuel Pellegrini could still do with raiding the winter market for a new keeper.
Fabianski has been a tremendous signing as he has put in several impressive displays but it’s clear he needs to be kept on his toes with some decent competition.
The Hammers’ current No.2 Adrian proved last season that he wasn’t the most viable option to play between the sticks in the Premier League anymore as he conceded 29 goals in 19 league appearances.
The 31-year-old’s current £50,000-a-week contract is set to expire in the summer which means he can walk out of the doors at the London Stadium for free.
However the Hammers could clear him off their books and actually get a little bit of money from his departure if they’re able to sell him in January, an opportunity he may consider in order to play more regularly.
In order to do this Pellegrini needs to welcome a capable goalkeeper who ca cover for Fabianski while also competing for the No.1 jersey.
Butland, at the age of 25-years-old would be smart signing for the Hammers to make, especially when you consider that he already has plenty of Premier League experience having made 77 appearances in the division.
Also a deal would be relatively easy to complete given that Butland is trying to find a way to return to the Premier League based on this latest report, so the Hammers must make their life easy by signing him and pushing Adrian out of the door in January.