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Report: Aston Villa's 'difference-maker' set to join second-placed side, contract ends in June

Tom Heaton has agreed on a transfer to Manchester United when his contract with Aston Villa expires at the end of June.

According to The Mirror, the Manchester-born goalkeeper has been in talks with the Red Devils for a number of weeks now and a deal is thought to have been agreed.

Heaton joined the Villa Park outfit just two years ago from Burnley, however, suffered a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a cruciate ligament injury just half a season into his career in the Midlands.

He was seemingly replaced as number one when the team signed Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal last summer.

It would leave just the Argentine and Jed Steer as Villa’s keepers going into the next campaign, making a replacement necessary this summer.

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TBR View: Heaton a necessary exit amid Martinez’s form

As the season has gone on, the former Gunners man has gone from strength to strength, cementing his place as the club’s undisputed number one.

The South American’s performances have been incredibly strong, drawing plaudits from many pundits and experts. Former Villa frontman Dion Dublin labelled the number one a ‘difference-maker’.

It leaves the Villains in a sticky situation regarding Heaton, who they most likely would of like to have offered a new contract. However, with his contract up at the end of June and Manchester United approaching him over a move, a transfer away from Villa Park seems incredibly likely.

The England international’s exit would be a bitter blow given the ace’s talents between the sticks. He built up a reputation during his time at Turf Moor, earning a spot with the national side with some claims he could’ve been the side’s number one choice.

Heaton’s quality makes his loss on a free transfer a bitter blow. His impending transfer to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is a sign of his talents, however, with Martinez’s rise to prominence, his exit is understandable.

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