Aston Villa are reportedly keeping tabs on Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton after the England international is said to have rejected a contract at Turf Moor – and Villa fans are desperate to see Heaton signed.
The Guardian have claimed that the 33-year-old has opted against extending his Burnley stay, with the Clarets keen to tie down their captain to a longer deal given his current contract expires in the summer of 2020.
However, with Heaton rejecting the new offer, Burnley may have to sell the stopper in order to bring in some cash this summer – rather than losing the former Manchester United goalkeeper next summer on a free.
Heaton only managed 22 appearances last season after an injury saw Joe Hart steal his place in the starting line-up, only for Heaton to replace Hart midway through the season and retain his place until the end of the campaign.
AFC Bournemouth are also keen on a new goalkeeper this summer and are said to be interested in Heaton. It remains to be seen where Heaton would prefer to relocate.
Villa do boast three first-team goalkeepers at the moment, though Lovre Kalinic is reportedly in talks to leave the club already and join French side Nantes. Orjan Nyland has suffered a difficult time at Villa, while Jed Steer continues to be the safe option for Dean Smith.
Villa fans reacted to the news that their club are interested in signing goalkeeper Heaton from Sean Dyche’s Burnley, and the majority of fans think he would be an excellent signing – despite Heaton being well into his thirties.
This is good news for us. I would bring him in soon as possible.
— Captain Grealish. (@10Grealish) June 19, 2019
Not that old for a Goalkeeper…Premier League experience too!
— Richard White @rijowhi (@Rijowhi) June 19, 2019
Love comments he’s to old, easily get 5 years out of him
— chris terry (@villatwiggy1991) June 19, 2019
— Shawfarmstud (@SFSshawfarmstud) June 19, 2019
I like Heaton.
— Punjabi Villa'n (@Bhangra_Machine) June 19, 2019
Heaton is a quality keeper short term. Butland is a great GK, but if Heaton comes at £5-7m, we could spend the remaining £12-15m to strengthen other parts of the team. #avfc
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) June 19, 2019