Adkins forced into keeper rethink
Southampton could look to sign Newcastle keeper Fraser Forster after being told they will have to pay 'crazy money' for Jack Butland.
Saints boss Nigel Adkins has been heavily linked with a summer swoop for Birmingham's 19-year-old Butland after being impressed with his performances while on loan at League Two side Cheltenham last season.
However, Butland's call up to England coach Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad after John Ruddy pulled out with a broken finger has done Adkins no favours in his bid to bring in an eventual successor for 35-year-old Kelvin Davis.
The Blues hinted that they would not be willing to let Butland leave without a fight and new boss Lee Clark confirmed at his press conference that it would take a massive offer for them to sell the keeper and fellow starlet Nathan Redmond.
Clark said: "Nathan Redmond and Jack Butland are two fantastic young players, Peter [Pannu - acting chairman] has already come and said that only 'eye popping bids' - I mean crazy bids - would be accepted.
"It would take big, big numbers, huge numbers.
"I'm saying to you now that those lads will be part of the group that starts the season, because they are two fantastic young players."
It seems Adkins might cast his net elsewhere and 24-year-old Forster could be an ideal alternative following his decision to snub a permanent move to Celtic, where he has spent the past two seasons on loan.
Newcastle's former Saints boss Alan Pardew revealed Forster has no future at the Sports Direct Arena due to the presence of Tim Krul, Steve Harper and Rob Elliot. And, he could be available for around £2million which would be well within the Saints' budget.