West Ham are exploring the possibility of signing Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in January, according to ExWHUemployee.
The Hammers are in dire straits at the moment. Lukasz Fabianski has been out injured since the end of September. And he is not set to return until the start of January.
Roberto has been filling in for the Pole, and he has been a total disaster.
The Spaniard has made a number of high profile errors that have cost West Ham dearly.
It seems as though Manuel Pellegrini realises that he needs to address the goalkeeper issues, however.
Football Insider claimed that the Hammers are looking to sign a goalkeeper with Premier League experience.
And ExWHUemployee claimed that that man could be Stoke City’s Jack Butland, when speaking during the West Ham Way podcast last night (Wednesday, November 20th):
“We are apparently looking to sign another keeper, possibly because we’ve realised how dire the situation is. There is talk of trying to get Jack Butland from Stoke. Potentially sign him on loan with a view to a permanent deal, obviously if you are going to get him on loan they would have to pay a large fee.”
Butland would be an excellent addition for the Hammers.
Stoke are currently second from bottom in the Championship table, so the 9-capped England international would surely be tempted to leave the BET365 Stadium in January.
The 26-year-old is in the prime years of his career, and if West Ham could snap him up on a loan with an option to buy it would be a massive step in the right direction.