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Adkins rules out Butland bid

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has insisted he is not interested in signing Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Jack Butland makes his England debut against Italy
Jack Butland, 19, became England's youngest ever goalkeeper when he appeared against Italy last year

The Saints had been strongly linked with a move for Butland in the January transfer window after struggling to find a consistent presence in goal for much of the season, but Adkins has insisted he is happy with the options currently available to him.

"We have a young goalkeeper in Paulo Gazzaniga, who is going to be the future of this football club," Adkins said. "We have two experienced goalkeepers in Kelvin Davis and Artur Boruc. I do not anticipate another goalkeeper coming in during this window."

Birmingham have previously acknowledged that they will have to sell one of their prized assets should they receive an acceptable offer, as they bid to ease their current financial situation, with Liverpool and Everton also having been linked.


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