Confirmed: Aston Villa sign Tom Heaton from Burnley & Sean Dyche explains why the transfer happened

Aston Villa sign Tom Heaton from Burnley

Aston Villa and Burnley have confirmed the transfer on Thursday morning.

A week before the close of the Premier League transfer window, Aston Villa have signed Tom Heaton.

On their club website, Villa told their fans the following:

Aston Villa is delighted to announce the signing of Tom Heaton from Burnley.

The England international joins up with Villa for an undisclosed fee.

Aside from not mentioning the transfer fee, there was also no mention of the length of Heaton’s contract.

 

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How much has Heaton cost Aston Villa?

On Wednesday, the Telegraph flagged Heaton’s impending exit from Turf Moor.

It was reported that the clubs had agreed an 8 million pound deal for Heaton.

Aston Villa may also have to pay an extra 500,000 pounds in add-ons.

Is Heaton’s exit from Burnley a surprise?

No, not really.

Over a month ago, the Sun reported that Burnley were trying to agree a new contract with Heaton.

The 33-year-old keeper was under contract with Burnley until 2020.

However, Heaton reportedly rejected Burnley’s contract offer. That triggered links to Aston Villa and Bournemouth.

It’s also worth noting that Heaton’s rival at Burnley, Nick Pope, agreed a new long-term contract this summer.

Pope is now under contract at Burnley until 2023.

Sean Dyche on Tom Heaton’s move to Aston Villa

Burnley have also posted a series of quotes from manager Sean Dyche, explaining the Heaton transfer:

Aston Villa’s summer signings

Heaton has become the 12th new addition this summer at Aston Villa.

Is that too many new faces?

Tyrone Mings has joined from Bournemouth, Matt Targett has signed on from Southampton, and Ezri Konsa moved from Brentford.

Also at the back, Villa have signed Björn Engels and Kortney Hause.

Further forward, Trezeguet, Anwar El Ghazi and Jota have also moved to Villa Park.

Also see: Sky may upload Premier League highlights on YouTube before BBC’s Match of the Day airs.

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