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Stoke eye Joe Hart as potential Butland replacement

Stoke are eyeing a move for Burnley’s Joe Hart as a potential replacement for Jack Butland.

England international Butland is expected to leave the club this summer and return to the Premier League, with Aston Villa linked with a £20m move for the 26-year-old as they look to strengthen their squad after winning promotion last season.

According to the Sun, Stoke will target former England number one Hart as a replacement should Butland leave the club.

Hart joined Burnley in a £3.5m deal from Manchester City last summer, however the 32-year-old lost his place in Sean Dyche’s side last season after Tom Heaton’s return from injury.

With one-cap England international Nick Pope also on the books at Turf Moor, Hart could be allowed to leave the club this summer as he seeks more regular first-team football.

Capped 75 times for England, Hart would represent an experienced addition to Nathan Jones’ squad as he bids to build a side capable of challenging for promotion.

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