Aston Villa have agreed a fee of £8 million for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, according to The Telegraph.
The England international is set to have a medical ahead of making the move to Villa Park.
This development comes shortly after Stoke City shut the door on a potential move for Jack Butland, whose price had been too high for Villa, as reported by The Daily Star.
Villa haven’t been concerned about signing players who don’t have Premier League experience this summer – with Wesley and Trezeguet being examples of this.
Experience of playing in England’s top flight is something Heaton certainly has though, having done so 96 times, keeping 24 clean sheets, as per the Premier League’s official website.
In that time he has made 340 saves, averaging 3.5 per game, while he has also made 34 punches, 86 high claims, 46 sweeper clearances and 3 penalty saves.
This is a big step up on the experience Jed Steer has at his disposal, as the Villa man has only ever played 38 matches in The Football League at 26-year-old, as per Transfermarkt, conceding a goal per game.
Signing a goalkeeper was very important for Aston Villa this transfer window and it seems as though their search for one could be coming to an end soon.
In Heaton, they will have an England international who has plenty of experience in the Premier League, who will be a cool head the rest of the team can rely on – which is especially important at the beginning while people get to know their new teammates.
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