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Liverpool are ready to step up their interest in England keeper Jack Butland.The young shot-stopper, 19, is set to be sold by cash-strapped Championship outfit Birmingham City next month.Liverpool and Merseyside rivals Everton are both very keen.But the Reds lead the chase and Butland knows he may have to be sacrificed by Brum.Birmingham hope to stave off interest in their prized asset by agreeing a takeover to save the club.But talks with two Hong Kong consortiums have faltered and ex-QPR chairman Gianni Paladini cannot agree a deal.Now more player sales are likely this month at St Andrews with owner Carson Yeung's assets still frozen pending a money-laundering trial.
Source: Daily Mirror
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