Report: Burnley want Leeds' Bailey Peacock-Farrell if Heaton joins Aston Villa

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds Utd during the Sky Bet Championship Play off Semi Final 1st leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride Park, Derby on Saturday 11th May...

Aston Villa's move for Premier League star Tom Heaton could reportedly result in Leeds United losing their Northern Ireland goalkeeper.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell of Leeds United reacts during the FA Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United at Loftus Road on January 6, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Burnley will make a move for Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell after telling Tom Heaton that he is free to move to Aston Villa during the summer transfer window, according to the Mirror.

Aston Villa are about to break the £80 million barrier as they bring in a whole host of new signings but Heaton could be the best addition yet to Dean Smith’s squad.

 

The Sun claimed this week that Villa have seen a £7 million bid rejected for a 33-year-old shot-stopper who was nothing short of sensational in the second half of last season, his virtuoso displays keeping Burnley safe from a relegation battle and reminding everyone why he is an England international.

Heaton has rejected the chance to extend a contract which expires in 2020 and Burnley, given that they have little choice, have told the veteran that he can leave if Aston Villa increase their initial bid. They’d be fools not to.

Tom Heaton of Burnley celebrates during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Turf Moor on March 30, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

And this has serious ramifications for Leeds United.

The Mirror claims that Burnley have made Northern Ireland’s number one Peacock-Farrell their top target should Heaton go, with the 22-year-old lined up to provide competition for Nick Pope, another England ‘keeper. The Clarets really are spoiled in the goalkeeping department.

And considering that Peacock-Farrell lost his starting spot to Kiko Casilla in January, you’d forgive the academy graduate for wondering whether he’d be better off leaving Leeds.

15th December 2018, University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton, England; EFL Championship football, Bolton Wanderers versus Leeds United; Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell...

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