Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland moves to Stoke City

Butland denies Suarez for Team GB

Stoke City have signed England goalkeeper Jack Butland from Birmingham City for a fee rising to £3.5m, but will spend the rest of the season with the Championship side.

Blues were keen to sell the 19-year-old because of their financial problems.

Butland signed a four-and-a-half-year contract before being loaned straight back to St Andrew's.

"I've got unfinished business there and I want to help them this season. They have been very good to me," he said.

Butland had because he wanted regular first-team football.

"It's been an incredible day - a very exciting one, but I'm glad it's finished," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"I love playing and I don't want to sit on the bench. For me, it was important I went to a club where I can play and develop my game."

Butland has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, Fulham, Newcastle and Manchester City, while Southamptonexternal-link and Evertonexternal-link tried to sign him last summer.

The keeper played for Great Britain at the Olympics and made his England debut in the 2-1 win over Italy in August.

Butland was called up to the England squad for Euro 2012, after third-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy broke a finger, even though he had spent the season on loan at League Two side Cheltenham.


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