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Liverpool face competition from Arsenal for Jack Butland?

Liverpool face competition for Jack Butland?
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A report claims that Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is now also wanted by Arsenal, who will join Liverpool in making a bid at the end of the season.

Liverpool have reportedly been joined by Premier League rivals Arsenal in the race to sign England international goalkeeper Jack Butland from Stoke City.

The 24-year-old recently emerged as a target for the Reds, who are desperate to strengthen between the sticks due to doubts over Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet.

According to The Sun, however, Liverpool may potentially have to increase their summer bid for the ex-Birmingham City stopper as Arsenal have also shown an interest, with Petr Cech likely to be eased out ahead of next season.

Butland, capped six times by the England senior side, is said to be open to a change of scenery and £40m is likely to be enough to prise him away from the Potteries.

Joe Hart is the Three Lions' current number one heading into the 2018 World Cup, though Butland has been tipped to overtake the West Ham United loanee before the tournament begins in June.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
5Arsenal86021910918
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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