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Butland's Birmingham future still unclear

January 17, 2013
By ESPN staff

Jack Butland’s Birmingham future remains uncertain, with the goalkeeper thought to be more likely to move on during the January transfer window than stay with the cash-strapped Championship club.

Jack Butland spent time out on loan in League Two with Cheltenham Town
GettyImagesJack Butland is a wanted man

With Birmingham up for sale and a proposed takeover by Giovanni Paladini seeming to have stalled, it appears players will need to be sold to bring in funds – and Butland is the club’s biggest asset.

The 'keeper, part of the England Euro 2012 squad, has already been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Fulham and Liverpool among the clubs said to be likely destinations.

Birmingham assistant manager Terry McDermott told the BBC: "We know there's speculation - and rightly so, because he's a top-quality goalkeeper. But whether he stays or goes I'll leave to the powers that be."

The Blues have not played Butland in any of their cup ties this season and was again not involved as his struggling team lost at home to Leeds in an FA Cup replay this week.

McDermott said he could understand why people might draw conclusions from that, adding: "I'd like to know what's happening myself.

"Obviously there are problems here, but we just get on with the football side and whatever will be, will be."