talkSPORT have claimed that Crystal Palace are set to sign alleged West Ham target Jack Butland.
The Athletic claimed back in August that the Hammers could test the waters and make an offer for the Stoke goalkeeper.
According to a report from Sky Sports, the Potters are prepared to sell the 27-year-old for just £8 million.
It now seems as though Crystal Palace are set to win the race for the nine-capped England international’s signature, however (talkSPORT).
West Ham’s need to bolster in other areas of the pitch was obviously more pressing. But signing a new goalkeeper during the current transfer window wouldn’t have been the worst move from David Moyes.
The Hammers have plenty of competition between the sticks. Lukasz Fabianski is the club’s undisputed number one. Darren Randolph is the Pole’s number two, with talented youngsters Joseph Anang and Nathan Trott waiting in the wings.
Fabianski’s form has been suspect since returning from injury, however. Darren Randolph is average at best and Trott and Anang are both far from proven at Premier League level.
Whether signing Butland for £8 million would have been good value for West Ham, however, is debatable.
He has hardly been in great form over the past two or three years.
So perhaps this is one player that we won’t mind missing out on to Crystal Palace.