Aston Villa are preparing a fresh bid for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, according to Football Insider.
Villa previously had a bid of £4 million rejected and were told they would need to pay £12 million if they wanted to sign the ‘keeper, who has represented the England national team three times.
Stoke City’s Jack Butland is another goalkeeper Villa have been linked with, though they would need to pay around £30 million to get him, as reported by The Daily Star.
Having returned from injury and reclaimed his spot in the Burnley team, Heaton made 19 Premier League appearances last season, keeping four clean sheets and conceding 27 goals.
On the other hand, Jack Butland played 45 Championship games for Stoke last season, keeping 18 clean sheets and conceding 51 goals.
Both goalkeepers were included in the England squad for their UEFA Nations League finals fixtures, though neither got onto the pitch – it is Butland who featured most recently, playing the entire 90 minutes in a 1-0 friendly win against Switzerland in September 2018.
Heaton was the Premier League goalkeeper last season, though Butland arguably had the better season – partly down to the Burnley man’s injury the campaign before – as the 26-year-old featured across the entire season and played for England.
While Butland would be a brilliant signing for Aston Villa, when the amount they have already spent is considered, they should look to take the cost of the deal into account.
By going for Heaton as opposed to Butland, Villa could save themselves money while still getting an experienced and reliable goalkeeper – therefore going for Heaton is a sensible decision from the Villans.
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