Jack Butland Aston Villa are preparing to table a bid for Stoke City number one Jack Butland, according to media reports in Birmingham. The England man is keen to move on this summer in order to return to the Premier League, and promoted Villa are said to be ready to “test Stoke’s resolve” over a player they are said to value at between £23m and £30m. Our sister website BirminghamLive reports: “Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are also interested in the England ace, but it’s Villa who are ready to lodge a bid. “Stoke want big money for their prized asset and are expected to hold out for more than £20m. “Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge was tracked and Villa have other goalkeepers under consideration, too. “But it’s Butland who they are now focusing on as they hunt for a new number one.” The Stoke signings we think are virtually done There are four deals that are believed to be done bar the shouting and that … [Read more...] about Midlands giants keen to sign Stoke City ace
Giants free agent signings
Sunderland are battling it out with a host of clubs for free agent Lawrence Shankland. The prolific 23-year-old is up for grabs after his contract with Ayr expired at the end of last season. He scored 34 goals in all competitions during the 2018-19 campaign, putting several clubs on red alert. Swansea City were interested in signing him last summer - and were linked again in January - while Celtic and Rangers have also closely monitored him. A "sleeping giant-type" club are keen on him, according to his former manager. Speaking to BBC Scotland, Ian McCall said: “He has to go to a club where he will play. "There may be the option of a very, very big club, but would he play there every week, to take that next step and kick on again? "One of them, it’s a club in Scotland and you need to be really mentally strong, that’s something I think Lawrence has, but the only way you find that is if you go through it. You can’t predict that, it’s something you have to … [Read more...] about Sunderland after Swansea, Celtic and Rangers-linked free agent
Hot-shot striker Lawrence Shankland, who has been linked with Nottingham Forest, is said to have three teams to choose from as he ponders his next move – including one from “a sleeping giant-type club”. Shankland is a free agent as his Ayr United contract comes to an end this summer, and a prolific season in the Scottish Championship has put him firmly in the shop window. The Reds, Hull City and Sunderland were all said to have taken an interest, back in February, while Swansea City had a bid rejected during the winter transfer window, and Celtic and Rangers are also reportedly keen. Now Ayr manager Ian McCall has revealed the 23-year-old front man has two English sides and a leading club in Scotland all vying for his signature. “He has to go to a club where he will play,” McCall told BBC Scotland. “There may be the option of a very, very big club, but would he play there every week, to take that next step and kick on again? He added: “One of … [Read more...] about Are Reds the ‘sleeping giant’ striker is considering joining?
Grimsby Town are yet to announce their first signing of the summer transfer window – but several players have now been linked to the club. As yet, there has been a lack of completed deals across EFL League Two, although Northampton and Carlisle United have signed four and three players respectively. With contracts set to expire this weekend, summer business is likely to gather pace from next week. Here, we take a closer look at the players linked with Town so far – and assess their chances of arriving at Blundell Park. Tyler Garratt Who? A former Doncaster Rovers defender who came through the Youth ranks at Bolton Wanderers. He is a free agent this summer, after his contract at the Keepmoat Stadium expired. Where? One from social media and BBC Radio Humberside’s Matt Dean. His name has now been mooted by several Town fans, perhaps not surprisingly given his location (born in Lincoln), position and the fact he is looking for a new club. Why? Following the departures of … [Read more...] about What are the chances of these players signing for Grimsby Town?
Derby County’s on loan Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is a target for Celtic. The Daily Mirror are reporting that Tomori, despite his impressive performances for the Rams this season, doesn't have a long-term future with the Blues. And the Scottish giants are keen to land the centre-back in this summer's window. Leeds United are eyeing a move for Yoann Barbet. According to French newspaper L’Equipe , the Whites are reportedly interested in signing the former Brentford defender on a free transfer this summer after he was released by their second tier rivals last week. Barbet has been one of the many rising stars of the Championship and fans were surprised when the Bees decided to cut ties with the Frenchman. Brentford look set to beat Burnley and Huddersfield to the signing of defender Kane O’Connor. According to Football Insider , the Bees have managed to convince the 18-year-old to move to Griffin Park this summer. O'Connor, currently at Hibernian, is reported … [Read more...] about Celtic in for Derby star, Leeds eyeing free agent