Tom Heaton reportedly close to leaving Aston Villa for Manchester United
Tom Heaton is reportedly on the verge of leaving Aston Villa this summer for former club Manchester United once the 35-year-old shot-stopper’s contract expires next month.
The Telegraph report that the Red Devils are inching closer to completing a deal to bring the former England international back to Old Trafford 11 years after leaving the Manchester giants for a move to Burnley, with United viewing Heaton as a third-choice keeper to replace the outgoing Sergio Romero.
Heaton was signed by Villa from Burnley in the summer of 2019 for a reported £8m according to BBC Sport to become the club’s new number-one, however, the veteran shot-stopper’s time at Villa Park has been plagued by injuries, and this season has seen Emi Martinez emerge as one of the top keepers in the Premier League following his move to the club from Arsenal.
With the Argentine goalkeeper comfortably taking the starting position between the sticks this season, Heaton is surplus to requirements, with the ex-England international yet to play a single minute of first-team football this campaign despite fully recovering from injury.
TBR View: Heaton is moving on from Villa at the right time as Martinez continues to thrive
When Villa signed Martinez last summer, very few expected the former Arsenal keeper to perform as well as he has this season, yet almost an entire season on from that transfer, and the Birmingham-based club are probably still laughing with themselves over how much of a bargain the transfer was.
The 28-year-old keeper has arguably been the best in the division this season, and for Heaton, this gives the veteran shot-stopper the perfect opportunity to move on from Villa and to re-join his former club in the final years of his career.
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