AFC Bournemouth weighs nosedive for 29-year-old – Football League World

Newly promoted AFC Bournemouth have shortlisted Crystal Palace goalkeeper Jack Butland as they weigh a potential move for the 29-year-old this summer, according to The Sun.

The Englishman was stuck in the pecking order behind Vicente Guaita for much of the 2021/22 season, making just nine Premier League appearances and failing to establish himself as Patrick Vieira’s number one at Selhurst Park.

With that, the Eagles could potentially be ready to sell the 29-year-old this summer, although their stance on the shot-stopper is unclear at the moment given the club need to bring in another goalkeeper if Butland were to leave.

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However, they are heavily linked with West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who will leave the Hawthorns when his contract expires this summer and is now free to start negotiations with other sides.

That could make Butland’s future clearer in the coming days or weeks if Palace can get a deal across the line for the 29-year-old, with another side at Rangers believed to be overseeing the former’s situation as well as the Cherries.

Scott Parker’s side are in dire need of a new goalkeeper at the moment following Freddie Woodman’s return to Newcastle United, although it is currently unclear whether they are looking for a new first-choice option or a replacement given Mark Travers’ reasonably good performances during the 2021/22 season has rendered.

Tasked with filling the void left by Asmir Begovic at Vitality Stadium last summer, Irishman Travers managed to edge out opposition from Orjan Nyland and Woodman at various stages of the season to retain his starting spot.

The judgment:

The Cherries could benefit from having someone like Butland challenging Travers for his spot between the sticks – but he hasn’t exactly been playing much football lately so they might want to steer clear of that move.

However, if they’ve settled on Travers as number one, Butland has shown he can wait patiently for his opportunity and that’s perhaps one reason why this move might not bode badly for the South Coast side.

What’s more, given his lack of playing time and the fact that his contract expires in 2023, Palace won’t exactly be making a lot of money from him so Bournemouth could get a bargain.

During a transfer window when they desperately need value for money players to give themselves the best possible chance of staying afloat in the top flight, the 29-year-old could be the ideal addition.

At 29 and as a goalkeeper he should have plenty of years left in the tank and so this could be a long-term addition so it’s a move that has pros and cons. However, if they miss it, they shouldn’t be too disappointed as long as they have other goals to pursue.

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