Mark Hughes has assured Jack Butland that his chances of making England's World Cup squad for Brazil will be assisted by Stoke sending the goalkeeper out on loan for the season.
Butland has a host of clubs who are prepared to offer him a temporary home this season, including overseas sides and several Championship clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday, who enquired about loaning the 20-year-old 'keeper earlier this week.
He has been concerned that he may not be allowed to leave the Britannia Stadium, after moving from Birmingham City for a fee in the region of £3 million last January and that may harm his chances of making Roy Hodgson's final squad for Brazil, if England qualify.
Injury to Ben Foster, the current back up to Joe Hart and concerns about the form of the Manchester City goalkeeper makes Butland remaining in the spotlight even more of a priority ahead of the four remaining qualifying games.
Hughes understands the 'keeper needs to continue his development, with his path to the Stoke first team blocked by Asmir Begovic and he will allow Butland to leave before Monday if he can find a suitable club.
"Ideally we would like to get Jack Butland out on loan to help his development, which is important. We understand the need for that and we have had a lot of enquiries, but we have to make sure it is the right club he joins," said Hughes.
Hughes also has Thomas Sorensen in his squad and the experienced Denmark international was preferred to Butland for Wednesday's Capital One Cup game against Walsall.
The Stoke manager is more eager to recruit a striker, despite the form of Kenwyne Jones, who scored his first ever hat-trick, in the midweek Capital One Cup victory over Walsall.
Hughes admits that Jones' form has given him plenty of food for thought ahead of the weekend game against West Ham United, but he is still looking to add more depth to his squad.
"I do feel that we need a bit of help. There are players that I would like to bring into the club," said Hughes.
"We have pursued a number of targets, thought we'd been very close and then the deals have fallen by the wayside which has been frustrating."