Dyche makes Tom Heaton admission amid Aston Villa, Leeds United links

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park on November 02, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Championship duo Leeds United and Aston Villa have both been linked with Burnley's third choice Premier League goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Thomas Heaton of Burnley celebrates his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at Wembley Stadium on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

The fact that Tom Heaton has made just three appearances for Burnley since dislocating his shoulder in September 2017 has not gone unnoticed.

Heaton has gone from The Clarets’ number one and an England squad regular to the forgotten man of Turf Moor. The 32-year-old is now Burnley’s third choice goalkeeper, stuck behind Joe Hart and Nick Pope in the pecking order.

The Mirror has reported that Aston Villa are keen to offer Heaton an escape route in the January transfer window and are prepared to stump up to sign the one-time Manchester United youngster on a permanent basis.

 

Leeds United, who lost Jamal Blackman to a broken leg during the international break, have also been linked via The Sun.

And, for the first time, Burnley manager Sean Dyche has now admitted that Heaton could well be on his way when the window opens in a few weeks’ time.

Sean Dyche manager of Burnley and captain Tom Heaton celebrate with the trophy as Sky Bet Champions Burnley are presented with the Championship trophy at the Town Hall on May 9, 2016 in...

“There’s a possible chance (that Heaton could leave),” the gravel-voiced gaffer told the Burnley Express.

“Tom’s in the open with my views as I am with his. Top goalkeeper. Joe (Hart)’s done well on the whole.”

It seems that Aston Villa are leading the chase for Heaton right now with Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa playing down the prospect of any new additions at Elland Road, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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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