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Aston Villa: Tom Heaton rejects new deal and set for exit

Aston Villa: Tom Heaton rejects new deal and set for exit - Aston Villa

Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton has verbally agreed to join Manchester United after snubbing a new Villa Park deal, according to Football Insider.

The Lowdown: Heaton to become third-choice at United

Reports earlier this month suggested that the £47,000-a-week shot-stopper was set to move to Old Trafford as cover for Dean Henderson and David de Gea.

Sergio Romero looks set to leave the Red Devils, resulting in their push to land Heaton.

The 35-year-old, who has been described as ‘phenomenal’ by Paul Robinson, hasn’t made a senior appearance for Villa this season after returning to the bench in December.

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The Latest: Heaton’s coaching role

According to Football Insider, Manchester United have offered Heaton a more lucrative deal than Villa.

The 35-year-old looks set to provide cover at Old Trafford as well as helping to coach their roster of ‘keepers in a combined role, with a United source confirming that the framework of a deal is now in place.

His contract in the Midlands expires at the end of June, and it seems as if his days at the club are now numbered.

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The Verdict: Will Smith need to recruit?

Reports last month suggested that Heaton was set to be offered a new deal in the Midlands, and it seems as if that offer did reach the table.

You’d expect Dean Smith would’ve given the green light to a new contract offer, so he could be frustrated at Heaton’s decision to leave.

You can’t blame the veteran ‘keeper for verbally agreeing on a return to Old Trafford, especially with the coaching role included, so we feel that will leave Smith with a decision to make going into the 2021/22 season.

They could decide to go after a backup goalkeeper of their own to Emiliano Martinez, for if he gets injured, that would leave Villa with Jed Steer as their only option.

In other news: Villa set for behind-the-scenes reshuffle as Friday meeting emerged, find out more here

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