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The Potters manager claims the England Under-21 goalkeeper was bought due to the low price and not to fill the boots of the current No.1, who has been linked with Manchester United

Stoke manager Tony Pulis claims goalkeeper Jack Butland was bought solely on the value of the deal, not to replace Asmir Begovic.
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It has been reported that the goalkeeper, who re-joined Birmingham City until the end of the season, was purchased due to the impending sale of Bosnia keeper Begovic in the summer, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Pulis took advantage of Birmingham’s financial woes when he brought Butland to the Britannia Stadium for £3.5 million, a price that the Welshman claims is “unbelievable”.

And the Potters boss has revealed that the England Under-21 international will be loaned out next season should Stoke keep hold of Begovic.

Pulis told reporters: “If it comes to next season and we’ve still got three goalkeepers and feel Jack isn’t ready, he’ll be loaned out again.

“There was no thought in my mind of bringing Butland in just in case Asmir went. We felt it was a fantastic opportunity.

"The price was unbelievable.”

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