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EXCLUSIVE: Birmingham turn to Stoke stopper to bolster defence

Birmingham boss Aitor Karanka is looking bolster his defence before the EFL transfer window closes on Friday, with a Stoke star in mind.

TEAMtalk understands that one of City boss Karanka’s main targets is Potters centre-back Danny Batth.

Batth is surplus to requirements at the Bet365 Stadium and a number of clubs have made contact with Stoke about his availability.

The Potters are ready to let him leave on loan and Karanka is keen to take him to Birmingham.

We understand talks are ongoing over a temporary switch for the 30-year-old.

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Liverpool told to steer clear of Butland

Former Stoke coach Kevin Phillips believes it would be a big mistake for Liverpool to make a move for Jack Butland.

The champions face a dilemma between the sticks with Alisson out for six weeks through injury.

Adrian has previously stood in for the Brazilian but the Spaniard has made a growing number of mistakes.

Butland has won nine caps for England but the last of those came in 2018. And he now finds himself down the pecking order at Championship side Stoke.

Former Golden Boot winner Phillips, a former coach at Stoke, believes the Reds should stay clear before Friday’s EFL deadline as Butland makes far too many mistakes.

And, in that sense, he wouldn’t be an upgrade on what Liverpool already have in Adrian.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, Phillips said: “Over the past two years Jack has been far too inconsistent. When I worked with him he made far too many mistakes.

“For me, he has fallen right down the pecking order of Championship goalkeepers.” Read more…


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