Exclusive: Aston Villa to submit new & improved player bid after learning he wants move
By Wayne Veysey
Aston Villa are ready to submit a new bid for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton despite being told his price tag is £12million, Football Insider understands.
The newly-promoted Premier League club are preparing to make a fresh push for the England international after their initial £4million offer was knocked back.
A Villa source has told Football Insider the club will not go anywhere near as high as £12million for the 33-year-old, who is out of contract in a year, but will significantly increase their bid.
The Midlands giants have learned that Heaton is eager to move to Villa Park after rejecting Burnley’s offer of a new deal earlier in the summer.
Manager Dean Smith is in the market for an experienced and proven keeper who can slot straight into the number one slot in his side.
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Heaton worked his way back into the Burnley starting XI midway through last season and impressed enough to keep his place and win back a spot in the England squad.
Sean Dyche is keen to keep hold of Heaton, but will not stand in his way if Burnley’s valuation is met as he already has proven performers Nick Pope and Joe Hart at Turf Moor.
Villa used five stoppers in total last campaign, before settling on Jed Steer, who signed a new contract earlier in the window.
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