By Noel Whelan

29th Jul, 2019 | 12:47pm

Exclusive: Whelan claims Mings 'desperate' for Villa to sign £12-valued ace after bid rejected


Tyrone Mings and the Aston Villa defenders will be “desperate” for the club to sign Tom Heaton from Burnley before the window shuts, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker is convinced the Villa back line want a proven Premier League goalkeeper behind them in the upcoming campaign.

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

But Villa have yet to bring in a new keeper despite tabling an offer for Heaton that was rejected by Burnley, who value the 33-year-old England international at £12million.

“Heaton would be perfect for Villa,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He knows what the Premier League is all about, is proven at the highest level and showed when he got back in the Burnley side in the second half of last season he is a standout keeper.

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“Villa have bought well this summer and spent a lot of money on defenders, attacking players and midfielders, but you can bet Tyrone Mings and the other defenders will be desperate for a proven keeper like Heaton behind them.

“They need someone who is a good talker and communicator giving them instructions and providing them with reassurance. A top keeper is so important. There’s no point buying all these great players, if you don’t have a top number one to stop goals going in.

“Look at the difference Alisson made for Liverpool when he signed.”

Villa used five keepers last season, but Dean Smith is convinced a player of greater experience and pedigree is needed to be a regular number one in the top flight.

The Midlands giants are expected to continue to push hard for Heaton, as well as Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge, after being priced out of a move for Stoke City keeper Jack Butland.

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