Exclusive: Aston Villa re-open talks to sign proven PL star as major bid plotted

By Wayne Veysey

Aston Villa have re-opened talks to sign goalkeeper Tom Heaton as they prepare a fresh bid to prise him Burnley before the transfer cut-off, Football Insider has learned.

The Midlands giants had a £4million offer for the 33-year-old that was knocked back earlier this month by their Premier League rivals, who value him at £12million.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that the club have returned to the negotiating table and are ready to submit a fresh offer of around £8million for Heaton.

Dean Smith has set his sights on a new goalkeeper this summer who is proved in the Premier League and can slot straight into the starting XI.

Jed Steer was handed a new deal this summer after ending last season between the sticks as Villa secured promotion, but Smith wants the 26-year-old to be the deputy rather than first choice in the new campaign.

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Villa have been the most active top-flight club in this summer’s market, signing 10 new players at a cost of over £100million.

Smith wants a new keeper before the transfer cut-off on 8 August and Heaton is now the first choice ahead of previous targets, Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge and Stoke City keeper Jack Butland.

Heaton has entered the final year of his contract at Burnley and is open to making the move to Villa over the next nine days.

In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED that the club are working on three big-money signings.