West Ham are weighing a loan move for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland in the January transfer window, according to reports in England.
The Hammers have lost faith in Roberto after a string of poor displays in the absence of Lukasz Fabianski, and it appears a bid for the England international is on the cards.
Fans on Twitter had a mixed reaction to the news that Butland is on the club’s radar:
Would be a great signing!
— bradley wigington (@wigington101) November 21, 2019
Can’t be any worse
— Lord Irons (COYI) (@Lord_Irons) November 21, 2019
I sincerely hope this is false. Butland has been awful in the championship this season.
— Chris Lillington (@OficialCLtweets) November 21, 2019
Upgrade on Roberto if I say so myself so I wouldn’t have a problem with that.
— Josh⚒ (@JoshVernege) November 21, 2019
I think we need to go spend some decent money on a better GK that is gonna push Fab for the number 1 shirt not just be a backup and someone who can replace Fab long term.
— Paul Nagle (@PCNagle1975) November 21, 2019
I like Butland, but happy to be second choice when Fab comes back? I doubt it.
— aa (@hammer2090) November 21, 2019
A no-brainer that we need a capable no.2 keeper as a matter of priority, to replace this clown Roberto. Butland may have his critics, but (a bit like Roberto to some extent) he has had a non-existent defence in front of him.Trott+Annang should be adequate long term cover for Fab.
— Geoff Clements (@clements_geoff) November 21, 2019
— Adam Nunn (@adamhammer7261) November 21, 2019
I beg we don’t
— Jaymo (@JaymoWHUFC) November 21, 2019
You know his been awful this year ?
— LiamChivers.Athlete (@faithcanzi) November 20, 2019
It’s true that Butland has had a nightmare season with Stoke so far. He has made a number of mistakes despite having captained the Potters this campaign. In 10 appearances, he has conceded 21 goals and kept just one clean sheet.
However, unlike Roberto, the 26-year-old does have a good past track record. He may just need a change of scenery in order to regain his focus and confidence.
Butland is also still relatively young and with nine England caps, he does have the experience of playing at the highest level.