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Club confirm international has left them, with Aston Villa reportedly keen to sign him

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Crystal Palace have today confirmed that reported Aston Villa target Wayne Hennessey has left the club, on their official website.

A step closer

The Birmingham Mail say that Villa are looking at signing the 34-year-old goalkeeper heading into the new season.

Dean Smith presumably feels as if he could serve as a good replacement for Tom Heaton, who left the club to join Manchester United earlier this summer.

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And Palace have now confirmed that Villa are free to move for Hennessey.

Unfortunately for Villa they may not get a free shot at signing the Welsh international.

Hennessey is also said to be being tracked by Chelsea, who are looking to add depth to their own goalkeeping department.

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More depth

If Villa were to land the experienced stopper he would offer them Premier League knowhow and ensure that Emiliano Martinez stays on his toes.

Martinez had a wonderful first season at Villa and will be a key player next time around.

But Hennessey should help Villa ensure that they have a contingency plan if the Argentina Copa America hero is unavailable.

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