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.
“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.