It has been claimed that West Ham are keen on signing Jack Butland.

Well informed club insider ExWHUemployee suggested that the Hammers are looking at the Stoke City stopper ahead of the January transfer window.

And signing the nine-capped England international would break the mould of the past decade.

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Since David Sullivan and David Gold took charge of West Ham in 2010, they have made little investment in the goalkeeping department.

Free transfers such as Adrian, Roberto, David Martin, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Darren Randolph all joined the Hammers over the past several seasons.

Whilst Joe Hart and Manuel Almunia moved to east London on loan.


So signing Butland would represent a massive shift in policy.

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According to the Sun, Stoke would demand around £35 million for the 6ft 5in goalkeeper.

The 26-year-old is an excellent shot stopper, and he commands his penalty area with authority.

He would provide excellent competition for Lukasz Fabianski, and considering his age, he would be the Pole’s eventual successor.

Whether West Ham will be prepared to pay £35 million for Butland, however, remains to be seen.

The Hammers have surely learnt from signing cheap, below-average options like Roberto though.

And adding Butland to the squad would be a real step in the right direction for the Hammers.

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