REPORT: Watford Join Race for Burnley Goalkeeper Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton

Watford have joined a three-way race to sign Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton. According to the Sun, the Hornets have joined the race after Heaton rejected a new contract at Turf Moor.

Three Way Fight for Tom Heaton

Race for ‘Keeper Sparked After Rejected Contract

The Sun reported on how Heaton’s future was thrown into doubt after rejecting a new contract at Turf Moor; however, there is competition among three clubs to sign the shot-stopper.

Aston Villa and Bournemouth are revealed as two sides holding interest in the 33-year-old.

Although, Watford boss Javi Garcia is eager for a new shot-stopper to replace the outgoing Heurelho Gomes.

Heaton has just one year remaining on his current contract; therefore, Burnley may be keen to cash in on the 33-year-old.

Negotiations remain a key stumbling block though and after Heaton rejected an initial offer, the ‘keeper could leave at the end of next season on a free transfer.

The Clarets may be forced to accept a deal of just £5 million or risk losing their first-choice ‘keeper for free next May.

Heaton missed a year after dislocating his shoulder; the shot-stopper was also forced to sit out the World Cup Finals last summer as Jordan Pickford travelled to Russia.

However, Heaton produced a string of performances in Burnley’s successful battle against relegation to force his way back into Gareth Southgate’s set-up.

Heaton was part of the England squad which finished third in the UEFA Nations League finals earlier this month.

Aston Villa and Bournemouth are also interested in making a move for Jack Butland.

The Villans remain favourites to sign Butland but the England international is likely to cost in surplus of £20 million.

Any transfer movement involving Stoke’s goalkeeping department is interest to Birmingham City; the Blues would receive a windfall if and when Butland is sold.

They inserted a sell-on fee when Stoke City signed the goalkeeper in January 2013; the Blues would receive a figure roughly around 20% of any sale fee.

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