Birmingham City’s hopes of even a small Jack Butland-related windfall look remote with reports in Liverpool suggesting the Premier League champions are not interested in the goalkeeper.
Former Blues ‘keeper Butland has been linked with Jurgen Klopp’s men ever since Alisson was ruled out for at least a month and his replacement Adrian saw seven goals fly past him across the Second City.
And Blues would have been keen for Liverpool to have taken Butland, although with only one year left on his Stoke City contract his sell-on clause would not have yielded anything like as much as it might a couple of years ago.
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But the Liverpool Echo have now scotched rumours of any interest insisting Liverpool are not in negotiations to sign the 27-year-old.
They say: “The ECHO understands Liverpool will not be signing another goalkeeper before the domestic transfer window closes on October 16 with the Reds having zero interest in Butland.
“Klopp has put his faith in Adrian with highly-rated youngster Caoimhin Kelleher serving as back-up while Alisson is on the sidelines.”
Butland came through at Blues before being sold off in a firesale in 2013 in a deal that saw a 20 per cent sell on clause inserted into the terms.
Unfortunately that doesn’t now look like it will pay significant dividends with Butland out of contract next summer and unable to break into the Stoke squad.