Crystal Palace are discussing the possibility of signing goalkeeper Dillon Phillips with Charlton as a backup option if a deadline day deal for England international Jack Butland from Stoke City falls through.
However, one complication is that Stoke are unwilling to let Butland go without securing a replacement – and their key target today is Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn, according to Sky Sports [Transfer Centre, 16/10/2020, 11:43am].
It is thought that an alternative option for Crystal Palace is Charlton’s Dillon Phillips if a move for Butland is not possible.
Palace entered the goalkeeping market late on Thursday as regular backup ‘keeper Wayne Hennessey suffered a serious injury in Wales’ Nations League fixture against Bulgaria. He was replaced by Stoke City’s Adam Davies in the 1-0 win over Bulgaria – the Potters’ preferred shot-stopper.
Palace would ordinarily have only Stephen Henderson as further backup.
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Although it is important to note that Phillips is only a backup option for Butland’s possible deal, it is nonetheless a sensible move by the board.
Palace have until 5pm on Friday to replace Hennessey ahead of the closure of the transfer deadline for domestic deals. With time against them, a swift move is the only path ahead. If a Butland deal falls through, Palace would not want to be left lacking in the goalkeeping department.