Aston Villa are reportedly willing to sign Tom Heaton on a permanent basis during the January transfer window.

According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Burnley are willing to let Tom Heaton leave Turf Moor permanently during the January transfer window, and Aston Villa are prepared to pay to bring the goalkeeper to the Midlands.

Villa have endured a difficult time with their goalkeepers this term. Orjan Nyland has featured for the majority of the campaign, but has struggled to win over his doubters despite keeping four clean sheets in eight appearances under Dean Smith.

The 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest probably did his cause no favours.

Meanwhile, they have used three other stoppers this season. And the Mirror reports that they are hoping to make Heaton their fifth option of the campaign once the January window opens.

Despite previous talk of a potential loan deal, the Mirror reports that the Clarets would want to let Heaton go permanently next month with Sean Dyche able to call upon Joe Hart and Nick Pope.

And the report adds that Villa are favourites to pull off a deal as they are ready to make the Premier League side an offer for their skipper.

It would be a brilliant statement of intent from Smith’s men if they brought Heaton in permanently in January. They are just three points off the play-off spots in the Championship, and adding a player of the 32-year-old’s quality would put all the sides above them on alert.

Villa made a brilliant surge for the play-off places in the second-half of last season, and having a keeper of Heaton’s calibre in the side will improve their chances of repeating the trick and going one step further this term.

In other news, Smith says that Villa's players were all left clapping one teammate last night