20 December 2019 22:41
Jack Butland anticipates being a Stoke City player by the end of the January window - and says he is happy with that thought. Butland has been linked with a move out of Stoke for a fourth window running after the likes of West Ham continue to be linked. But Stoke's number one, who heads to Middlesbrough this evening with back-to-back clean sheets under his belt, insists he doesn't waste time over social media gossip. "I never look for it because in football you just don't know," he said. "I'm not going to get bogged down in social media because you can turn that on at any time and see all kinds of nonsense, whether it be football related or not.
"It's not something I look for and to be honest it's not something I'm interested in. "It's not worth the time of day thinking about things like that. Butland, who missed last April's trip to Middlesbrough because of the birth of his son, his "little man", continued: "I'm here, I don't envisage anything happening, I'm not looking for anything to happen. "In football, if things happen, you'll be contacted and you'll give it time of day, but as I say, I'm not looking for it. I think I've said in the past, if offers come in, you have to judge it, but ultimately I'm here and want to get us out of where we are.
If you want more information on signing up, or if this link doesn't work, click here. Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen is on West Ham's wishlist this January. According to The Daily Mail, West Ham are ready to launch an £8m move for Allen. The Hammers know new Stoke boss Michael O'Neill has been told to trim the wage bill in January. West Ham are now monitoring Allen's situation and could move for Butland too. West Ham want to sign Allen for £8m but Stoke have other ideas. Burnley will rival West Ham for Allen but they do not want to spend £15m on him. Why Joe Allen might want this move This could be an arrangement that works for both Stoke and Allen. If Stoke do drop to the third-tier, having a wage bill of this size could damage the club's finances in the long-term. Allen might also be interested in a move to West Ham for two other reasons. But also, West Ham have some major issues in the midfield. There is a lack of depth in central midfield and Allen knows he would get game time. It is a pretty safe bet for the Stoke midfielder but should West Ham spend so much money on an ageing player?