Wayne Rooney looks to identifying key transfer target

news about transfers to Birmingham City from BirminghamLive as new Blues manager Jack Butland was an alumnus of St Andrew’s Academy.

Former Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland is eager to return to the team where his career began, according to Wayne Rooney.

According to reports, the new Blues manager wants to enhance the position at St. Andrew’s, where John Ruddy is presently the first choice with Neil Etheridge serving as backup this season. The 30-year-old Rangers goalie and the new Blues manager once shared the field together during their England careers.

Butland is presently playing for Rangers after joining Blues as a schoolboy and making his way into the first team, appearing in 46 Championship games in the 2012–13 season before being traded to Stoke City of the Premier League for £3.3 million.

The goalie is reportedly Rooney’s top pick for the post, though he might have to wait for him, claims The Sun. When he left Crystal Palace in the summer, the player signed with the Scottish powerhouses on a free. According to the source, he would have to “push to leave for a small sum to make the move happen in January.”

According to the report, Rooney must “keep spending in check” until the club can let go of a number of high-earning players whose contracts expire at the conclusion of the season. Both Ruddy and Etheridge are nearing the end of their current contracts, and according to the source, the club is looking to let go of Etheridge.

Butland was persuaded to move north of the border by former Rangers manager Michael Beale, but it is asserted that Beale’s departure earlier this month left him “pondering his future.” Butland has achieved success, therefore it is anticipated that Rangers won’t want to lose him without paying a fair price.

The report concludes that Rooney also wants a striker and a centre-half but “must avoid crossing any EFL rules on over-spending”.

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