Tom Heaton Looks Set to Leave Turf Moor In Transfer Window
The transfer window is set to open in just twenty-five days and Aston Villa have emerged as favourites to sign Burnley club captain Tom Heaton. It is looking more and more likely that Heaton will be sold to the Championship club rather than being loaned out. The Villa manager Dean Smith wants a reliable and experienced campaigner to assist his side in a Championship promotion push and has identified Heaton who is surplus to requirements with the Premier League strugglers.
Heaton, could bring a five and a half year stay at Turf Moor to a close, a spell which has seen him twice win promotion to the Premier League whilst also earning him a call up to the England squad winning three caps. A former Manchester United youngster he has only made three appearances since September 2017, after dislocating his shoulder in a Premier League match at Turf Moor.
Since his recovery he has had to play second fiddle to Nick Pope who had an outstanding season that so him called up into the England 2018 World Cup squad until he got a similar injury in the Europa League match at Aberdeen this season. Joe Hart then arrived at the club and is keeping both Heaton and Pope out of the Clarets starting line-up.
Sean Dyche has decided he will not stand in the way of his first permanent signing for the club, with Anders Lindegaard & Adam Legzdins also available as back up. Heaton arrived on a free transfer from Bristol City in the summer of 2013, has made 181 appearances for the Clarets in all competitions, but looks set to leave Turf Moor when the transfer window opens next month.