At the end of the domestic transfer window, Crystal Palace confirmed the signing of a goalkeeper from Stoke City.
Crystal Palace affirmed the transfer of Jack Butland from Stoke City. Subsequently, the Premier League side managed to snap a three-year deal on the domestic transfer deadline day.
Evidently, Palace’s goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will potentially leave the club in February next year. Therefore, the Eagles secured a replacement for their in-form stopper Vicente Guaita.
Moreover, Butland did not play for Stoke this season yet. Additionally, the 27-year-old holds nine England appearances to his name.
Butland unites with Hodgson.
Consequently, he made his debut for the Three Lions in 2012 under Roy Hodgson in a 2-1 win over Italy.
Nevertheless, Hodgson expressed his delight as Butland aims to make it to the team sheet.
Hodgson said of Butland’s arrival: “I’m very happy that the club has managed to acquire the signature of Jack to join us. And compete for a place amongst our goalkeepers at the club. Jack is a player that I worked with for four years at England.
“His last game for me as England manager was a very unfortunate one where he broke his ankle. And that cost him his place in the 2016 Euros. But I’ve always believed in Jack’s potential.
“I am aware that his last spell at Stoke hasn’t been the happiest one for him but I sincerely believe that with his qualities. Coming to a new club will enable him to resurrect his career. And show once again what a good goalkeeper he is.”
Furthermore, Liverpool heavily linked to make a move for Butland. This is because former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian had a tough time at Anfield.
Also, another Premier League club eyed the England international. Southampton focused on buying Butland in the early stages of the transfer window.
As of now, Butland becomes the fifth signing for Palace since last season. These include Eberechi Eze, Michy Batshuayi, Nathan Ferguson, and recent addition Nathaniel Clyne.
This weekend, Crystal Palace will host Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park. And hope to recoup from a huge defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.