Goalkeeper open to leaving amid Villa interest

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Aston Villa have been boosted in their pursuit of Tom Heaton after learning the goalkeeper is open to leaving Burnley.

Aston Villa have been boosted in their pursuit of Tom Heaton after learning the goalkeeper is open to leaving Burnley.

Villa boss Dean Smith has splashed the cash this summer to reinforce his squad for the rigours of Premier League football.

Smith has drafted in five defenders and three attackers to bolster his options but has so far failed to secure the services of a goalkeeper.

Jack Butland was understood to be their top target but they have been priced out of a deal for the Stoke shot-stopper.

Heaton is also high on Smith’s list of targets and reports claim a deal could be in the offing after he rejected the chance to pen a new contract at Turf Moor.

The addition of a goalkeeper would be the final piece of the jigsaw for Smith as he looks to ensure they avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

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