UNITED SET TO CAPTURE ENGLAND GOALKEEPER
Butland set to join the club in loan deal...
Published 20 February 2014 at 04:00
A deal has been agreed for England international goalkeeper Jack Butland to join Leeds United on loan until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old, who has represented England at all age groups including the senior side, and was a part of the Great Britain team at the 2012 Olympics, will arrive from Premier League side Stoke City.
The signing is seen as a real coup for the club, and manager Brian McDermott said: “We’re delighted to agree a deal to secure the services of Jack until the end of the season.
“Obviously he has high ambitions. He has already been involved in the England squad and I know he is very much looking forward to coming in and being part of the group we have here.”
Jack, who cost Stoke £3.5m from Birmingham City in January 2013, has made 87 career appearances, including three in the Premier League.
He was Birmingham’s Young Player of the Year in 2012/13, and this season he has made 13 appearances for Barnsley during a loan spell at Oakwell, including a terrific performance in a 0-0 draw at Elland Road in December.
Jack also became the youngest goalkeeper to play for England when he made his senior international debut in a 2-1 win against Italy in 2012.
United managing director David Haigh said: “We’re delighted we’ve been able agree a deal to bring in a player of Jack’s quality and pedigree. He is a young player who has played at the very highest level, and we’re looking forward to him joining us.”
The goalkeeper is expected to complete the formalities of his move ahead of Saturday's trip to Middlesbrough.