Aston Villa have reportedly had an £8million bid accepted for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton after submitting an offer on Tuesday night – and that deal could have ramifications for Leeds United this summer.
The Telegraph claim Villa launched the offer on Tuesday night, which will see the Midlands side pay £8million up front and an extra £500,000 in instalments. The report states that Villa are ‘set to sign’ the England goalkeeper.
Villa have been after a goalkeeper all summer with the club also linked with Jack Butland of Stoke City and Cardiff City’s highly-rated ace Neil Etheridge, but a deal could not be met for either.
But it looks as though Villa are set to finally bring in a new goalkeeper despite boasting the likes of Jed Steer, Orjan Nyland and Lovre Kalinic. Heaton, 33, will certainly be first choice if a deal is agreed for the goalkeeper.
A move for Heaton will leave Burnley one man lighter between the sticks, and the Lancashire-based side have been linked with a move for Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell this summer.
The Mirror claim Burnley are interested in signing Peacock-Farrell, and the loss of Heaton will surely increase their interest in the Northern Ireland international – who has impressed for both Leeds and on the national scene.
With a move for Heaton expected to be completed, the chances are that Burnley will want to bring in a replacement despite boasting both Joe Hart and Nick Pope. It could see them move for Peacock-Farrell.
The former Middlesbrough youth player, who joined the Leeds academy in the summer of 2013 as a 16-year-old is in the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road – and may be fed up of being a number 2 at Leeds.