Barnsley seal Butland loan deal
Championship strugglers Barnsley have signed Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland on an emergency loan deal.
The England international will spend 93 days at Oakwell as he seeks regular first-team football, and the 20-year-old is likely to slot straight into Barnsley's team for Saturday's fixture at Leicester City.
Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes wished Butland well in his loan spell and said it was a necessary move in his development.
"Jack is an outstanding young talent but when we signed him it was on the understanding that he needed to continue his development by playing first team football on a regular basis," Scholes told Stoke's official website.
"We're pleased that such a good opportunity for Jack to go out on loan has presented itself and we're sure it will be beneficial to both Jack and the club.
"We will be monitoring his progress closely at Barnsley and wish him every success during his time at Oakwell."
Butland, who signed for Stoke for £3.5million from Birmingham City in January, was immediately loaned back to the Championship club for the rest of the season.
He starred for Birmingham and won the club's Young Player of the Year award last term, but England's Under-21 goalkeeper - who has also been capped at senior level - is yet to make an appearance for Stoke.