Birmingham reject 6m Butland bid from Southampton as Pannu says only 'eye-popping' offer would spark sale
22:00 GMT, 27 June 2012
Birmingham City have turned down a 6m bid from Southampton for Jack Butland.
The keeper, who was part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad at the Euro 2012, has yet to play a game for the Championship club.
But the Saints have been tracking Butland for the past two years and have followed up an initial opening offer of 3.5m with a far more substantial bid.
Big money move: Southampton have bid 6m for Butland (third left)
Nigel Adkins is hoping that a swift move for Butland, 19, may be sufficient for the Barclays Premier League new boys to steal a march on several rivals who have also been watching the teenager.
Birmingham’s cash problems are well known but acting vice-chairman Peter Pannu has indicated that only an 'eye-popping' offer for one of their young prized asset would be considered.
There are indications that a fee of around 10m would be too much for the club to resist and Butland’s valuation could rocket if he performs well in the upcoming Olympics.
New manager Lee Clark has opened negotiations with former Ireland Under-21 international Colin Doyle in a bid to keep him at the club, along with veteran Steven Carr.
Grabbing it with both hands: Lee Clark
Clark expected that Ben Foster would be sold to West Bromwich Albion but with Alan McGregor now available for a fraction of the money that it would cost to secure the signature of the former England international, Baggies’ chairman Jeremy Peace is likely to consider the option of plundering Rangers for a new keeper.
Meanwhile, Clark has been told he will not receive any of the money from Butland’s proposed sale and is unlikely to profit either from the 3m fee the club will eventually bank for Jordon Mutch.
And he defended his time at Huddersfield. He was surprisingly sacked midway through last season, despite leading the Terriers into the top three.
He said: 'It was stale when we arrived. We created an exciting squad and we created value on the pitch.
'The value of the squad rocketed massively and we sold two players for substantial amounts of money.
'My biggest hurt was being away form the training pitch. Now I’m back I’m determined to grab this chance with both hands. It’s not about proving people wrong or getting rid of the hurt. I honestly haven’t got time for that.'