Report: Aston Villa planning Tom Heaton move as he rejects Burnley deal

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United...

Tom Heaton could reportedly force his way out of Burnley - will he join Premier League rivals Aston Villa or Bournemouth?

England goalkeeper Tom Heaton  during the International Friendly between England and Spain at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2016 in London, England.

Aston Villa are on red alert as Tom Heaton rejects a new contract at Burnley, according to The Mirror (20 June, page 57).

It is no secret that Aston Villa want to sign a proven, reliable goalkeeper after sealing their return to the Premier League. Lovre Kalinic has been nothing short of a disaster since his £7 million January switch from Genk while there are also doubts about Norwegian international Orjan Nyland and play-off hero Jed Steer.

Villa have been linked with the likes of Jack Butland and Neil Etheridge in recent weeks but signing them would be both costly and difficult, given the amount of rival interest.

 

Heaton, then, might just have answered Aston Villa’s prayers.

The 33-year-old remains one of the top flight’s most dependable shot-stoppers and it was his remarkable displays in the second half of the season which dragged Burnley clear of a relegation dog fight.

Tom Heaton of Burnley celebrates after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on April 29, 2017 in London, England.

Though Heaton’s time at Turf Moor could be coming to an end as he rejects the chance to extend a contract which will expire in 2020. And The Mirror reports that Aston Villa, as well as Borunemouth, are ready to take full advantage.

And so they should. Heaton would walk into Dean Smith’s starting XI and, at 33 and with 12 months left on his deal, he should be far cheaper than the alternatives.

This is not the first time Heaton has been linked with The Express claiming that he was set to join on loan in January.

Tom Heaton of Burnley and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on February 23, 2019 in Burnley, United...

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