Clark warns over Butland price

Birmingham manager Lee Clark has warned Jack Butland's Premier League suitors that the goalkeeper is worth a 'substantial' figure.

Last Updated: 17/12/12 at 10:03 Post Comment

Jack Butland: Thought to be attracting Premier League interest

Jack Butland: Thought to be attracting Premier League interest

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Butland was the subject of a reported £6million bid from Southampton in the last transfer window which was turned down by the Championship club.

That offer came before the 19-year-old England international had even appeared in a Blues shirt, having spent time on loan at League Two Cheltenham last season.

The youngster, who was included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012, has since established himself as Clark's first-choice keeper, notching up 22 appearances so far this season.

Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Everton have been linked with January swoops for the shot-stopper but Clark is keen to keep him at St Andrew's and says any bids will have to be significantly higher than in the summer if a club is to prise him away.

He told the Daily Mirror: "By the time the window opens he'll have played 25 or so Championship games.

"We would be looking for an even more substantial figure than we were offered in the summer - even though I certainly don't want it to come to that."

Clark added: "Ultimately, it's down to the board. He's the future and the type of player I'd rather build my team around."

Don't miss any live and exclusive football coverage this festive season. Click here to visit Sky Sports' Festive Calendar

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company