EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Burnley have placed a £12million price tag on Aston Villa target Tom Heaton, Football Insider understands.
The newly-promoted Premier League club are interested in signing the experienced operator as they look to recruit a proven goalkeeper before the close of the transfer window,
A Villa source has told Football Insider the club’s opening £4million bid was rejected for Heaton but they have been told they will need to offer a further £8million to seal the signing.
Heaton is entering the final year of his contract at Burnley and talks over a new deal are understood to have stalled.
The 33-year-old worked his way back into the Burnley starting XI midway through last season and impressed as the Clarets secured survival, which led to him winning his place back in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is keen to keep hold of Heaton, but will consider selling the club captain if their £12million valuation is met.
The club adequate cover in the goalkeeping department with Nick Pope and Joe Hart at Turf Moor.
It remains to be seen if Villa will come back in with an improved offer for Heaton before next month’s transfer deadline as they continue their reshaping of the squad in preparation for life back in the Premier League.
Manager Dean Smith is looking to add to the eight summer signings already made by the club.
In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED that one of the club’s attackers is in advanced talks to join Merseyside club.