Tom Heaton open to January move, is he perfect for Aston Villa?

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa poses for a picture at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on October 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa are yet to solve their goalkeeping issues.

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa poses for a picture at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on October 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

One of the main problems on the pitch for Steve Bruce during his dismal start to the season was his failure to finally solve Aston Villa's goalkeeping issues - but Dean Smith has the chance to solve those in January.

Sam Johnstone had put those concerns to bed after rejoining the club for the entire 2017-18 season and a permanent deal was expected, but financial difficulty in the summer prevented Villa from making that move permanent.

Instead, they went abroad and signed Ørjan Nyland from German club FC Ingolstadt, but the 6ft 4in stopper has seriously struggled between the sticks. Atletico Madrid loanee Andre Moreira has only appeared in the Carabao Cup.

 

The January transfer window cannot come quick enough for new manager Smith, who desperately needs to add a central defender and a goalkeeper that finally end fans' woes.

His first port of call has to be experienced Burnley stopper Tom Heaton, who has told the Daily Mirror that he will be keeping his options open in the January transfer window after losing his place in the Clarets' side.

Heaton was a cert for the World Cup, only to suffer a dislocated shoulder, losing his place to Nick Pope - at Burnley and England. Pope suffered the same injury since the World Cup, but Sean Dyche signed Joe Hart.

Burnley goalkeepers Thomas Heaton (L), Joe Hart (C) and Adam Legzdins (R) warm up ahead of the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor on September 2, 2018...

Hart remains first choice and with Pope soon to return, it may see former Manchester United and Cardiff City goalkeeper Heaton become third choice at Turf Moor. 

The three-time England star has managed only three appearances for Burnley this season, and a move to Villa would suit all parties. Heaton would get game time, Burnley would receive a fee and Villa would solve their goalkeeper concerns.

With two promotions from the Championship into the Premier League and 185 appearances in the second tier, Heaton's experience and knowledge of the division would make him Smith's perfect first signing.

Tom Heaton of Burnley reacts during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Play-Off Second Leg match between Burnley and Olympiakos at Turf Moor on August 30, 2018 in Burnley, England.

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