Date: 31st July 2018 at 4:30pm
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Press Association Sport journalist Nick Mashiter believes the club are pinning their hopes on Stoke selling Jack Butland for a sizeable transfer fee this summer.

The club reportedly have a sizeable sell-on fee for the goalkeeper, and it seems the money could go a long way to having the EFL’s transfer ban lifted:

Sky Sports are reporting that Chelsea have put Butland on a list of potential replacements for Thibaut Courtois, but even then, they are said to have prioritised a move for Everton’s Jordan Pickford. Stoke are reportedly holding out for £30m for the 25-year-old.

Even if the keeper does get sold before the August 9th deadline, it would likely leave very little time for Garry Monk to bring in any permanent signings if the embargo was removed.

In that scenario, the best outcome is the EFL green-lighting Kristian Pedersen’s registration and enabling us to secure loan deals before August 31st. To be honest with you, having to rely on another team selling a player just isn’t good enough. Those running the club really have a lot to answer for.

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