Stoke City want just £20 million for alleged West Ham target Jack Butland in January, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

The Hammers have real problems in the goalkeeping department. Lukasz Fabianski is due back soon, but the Pole needs more competition for the number one position.

It is also worth remembering that Fabianski will be 35 in April, so he will need replacing himself over the course of the next five years or so.

And Butland, 26, would be the ideal January addition for West Ham.

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Jack Butland (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers are keen on the nine-capped England international, and would have to pay just £20 million to get the deal done.

 

In today’s day and age, that would be excellent value for West Ham.

Standing at 6ft 5in tall, Butland cuts an imposing figure. He commands his penalty area with authority, and is a fantastic shot-stopper.

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Jack Butland (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The Stoke man would provide fantastic competition for Fabianski and would go on to be the Hammers star’s eventual successor.

Whether the West Ham owners will be prepared to fund such a signing, however, is another matter entirely.

They have spent minimal amounts on goalkeepers in recent years, so if they did bring Butland to the London Stadium, it would buck the recent trend.

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