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Crystal Palace: Dan Cook on what could force Jack Butland out of the club

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Dan Cook has claimed on the HLTCO podcast that the potential arrival of Sam Johnstone could force Jack Butland out of Crystal Palace.

There has been a recent report from Alan Nixon that Johnstone has now agreed a deal which would see him become a Crystal Palace player after running down his West Brom contract.

While bringing in an England international with Premier League experience under this belt would be seen as a positive move by many, not everyone may welcome the arrival of Johnstone – namely Butland, who’s largely been the second-choice goalkeeper since joining the Eagles.

Cook believes that if and when Johnstone arrives at Selhurst Park, Butland could be forced out of the club.

He said: “I know that Middlesbrough have also been credited with an interest over the weekend and there’s this continuing speculation linking Jack Butland with a potential move to Rangers as well.

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“None of those transfers or deals appears to be particularly close to being finalised, but you would assume that it will take the club officially announcing Sam Johnstone as a new goalkeeper before Jack Butland looks to force a move away.”

TIF Thoughts on Johnstone replacing Butland…

Both Johnstone and Butland are at similar stages of their careers, so that wouldn’t likely be a factor in Patrick Vieira’s decision, however, Johnstone has played a lot more Premier League football over the last few seasons compared to Butland, despite the former dropping out of the division last season.

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The last time that Johnstone was turning out as a Premier League ‘keeper he managed to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England squad. That would suggest he has undoubted ability and talent, so moving to a seemingly comfortable Premier League side could work out very well for both player and club.

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