Transfer news: Leeds eye deal for Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland
Leeds United have expressed an interest in landing Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.
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Last Updated: 21/02/14 11:02am
Brian McDermott has been given the green light to bring in a new keeper at Elland Road, and Sky Sports understands that contact has been made with Stoke over Butland.
The England international had picked up some playing time with the Potters in recent weeks when Asmir Begovic was injured, but the Bosnian is now fully fit and Stoke are willing to let him leave on loan again.
After signing on a permanent deal at the Britannia Stadium, Butland stayed on loan at Birmingham before spending time with Barnsley earlier this season.
The 20-year-old is still hoping to push for a place in Roy Hodgson's England World Cup squad but to do that, he knows he needs to be playing and is hopeful of moving in the next few weeks.
Former Republic of Ireland shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, 35, has played in all of Leeds' 30 Championship fixtures so far this season. The Whites travel to face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Leeds are also understood to be looking at Tottenham's Brazil international Heurelho Gomes.
The 33-year-old, like Butland, is keen on going to the World Cup and is eager to secure some football.
Gomes last started a league game for Tottenham in 2011. He had a spell with German side Hoffenheim last season.