EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United have made Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton their number one goalkeeper target in January after a shattering double blow, Football Insider sources understands.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is in the market for a new goalkeeper after seeing loan star Jamal Blackman suffer a broken leg in an Under-23s game last week and Bailey Peacock-Farrell break down in training on Wednesday with a knee injury.
Blackman has returned to parent club Chelsea for rehabilitation and Leeds are now looking to bring in a replacement to strengthen their goalkeeping options.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that Heaton is in top spot on their wanted list and they are ready to make a move as the experienced keeper currently down the pecking order at Burnley.
He is keen on a move away from Burnley in search of regular first-team football and is prepared to drop down from the Premier League to the Championship to get back playing.
Summer signing Joe Hart has established himself as first-choice keeper this season in the absence of the injured Nick Pope and once Pope returns to fitness Heaton will effectively be third-choice keeper at Turf Moor.
32-year-old Heaton boasts a wealth of experience having helped Burnley win promotion out of the Championship to the Premier League and he would provide suitable cover and competition for Leeds’ current No.1 keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed the Yorkshire giants have lined up a stunning January triple signing swoop.