PREMIER LEAGUE newboys Wolves have joined Liverpool in the race to sign £35million Jack Butland, according to reports.
Stoke are currently 19th in the table – three points from safety – and look like falling to the Championship.
But England keeper Butland, 25, could be in line for an immediate return to the top flight if the Midlands club snap him up.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s Championship winners have put the stopper top of their shopping list, according to the Express.
But competition for his signature will be tough in the frantic summer auction.
Loris Karius has impressed for Jurgen Klopp’s side lately and can expect to start should they reach the Champions League final, as looks likely.
But they are said to be in the market for another man between the sticks.
The same can be said for West Ham, who have reportedly turned down the chance to sign Joe Hart on a permanent deal.
Adrian had a nightmare on Sunday as Man City – Hart’s parent club – netted four in the thumping win.
Arsenal were also said to be interested in Butland, with Arsene Wenger keeping a close eye on his progress.
But that could change with the Frenchman leaving at the end of the season.
Stoke are said to be desperate to hold onto Butland, who has seven England caps, but will listen to offers if they go down.