The Sun have reported that Burnley are holding out for £10m for English goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Heaton is in the last year of his contract at Turf Moor and Aston Villa have reportedly shown interest in the 33-year-old.
Heaton has seen his game time at Turf Moor restricted over the past two seasons due to the emergence of Nick Pope as well as injury problems. The England international would be part of a three-way battle for the number one spot in Sean Dyche’s side next season, battling Pope and Joe Hart for the starting berth.
Aston Villa have taken their spending over £100m this summer, and with Chief Executive Christian Purslow admitting more business will be done. Aston Villa already have three goalkeepers in Dean Smith’s squad, although according to The Sunday People 21/7; page 54, the club are open to offers of £3m for 29-year-old keeper Lovre Kalinic, meaning it could be a one-in-one-out at Villa Park.
A lot of Villa fans are not happy with the fee for the keeper, thinking that it is way too expensive for his age. Some Villa fans think Jack Butland is a more sensible signing as he could be the club’s keeper for the next decade.
Here is the best of the reaction.
Burnley still want around £10m for Tom Heaton who could yet sign a deal to stay [@reluctantnicko] #avfc
— villareport ✍️ (@villareport) July 21, 2019
Too much for a 33 year old.
— Paul Brookes (@Brookesy1986) July 21, 2019
Pay the extra £10m and get Butland, Keeper for the next 10 years sorted.
— Jack (@JackWillis54) July 21, 2019
Butland is a marquee signing… Could be our keeper for another decade. Heaton is a fine keeper but thats too much and, by all accounts, a real pro. Can’t see him kicking off to get a move.
— Will Davies (@wilsterdavies1) July 21, 2019
All In favour of paying the extra for butland……
— Daniel Irvine©️ (@danirvine7) July 21, 2019
10mil should buy someone for the long term, not 2-3 years
— KURT BODEN (@bradfordquiqley) July 21, 2019
He’s a good player but they’re being greedy only 1 year on his contract. Wait to January get him for £2m
— andy (@andy59967602) July 21, 2019
Ridiculous. Just move on from him
— sarcastic villa fan (@KirwanJenson) July 21, 2019
£4m was OTT move on
— wazzman (@MrWazzman) July 21, 2019