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Burnley reject initial Tom Heaton bid

Villa will need to try harder to get their man in

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Aston Villa’s hunt for a goalkeeper has encountered a minor setback, after Burnley FC rejected a ‘small’ bid for goalkeeping target Tom Heaton.

Aston Villa offered a fee that is believed to be below £7 million pounds. This would of course be under Burnley’s own valuation of an initial fee of £10 million for the thirty-three year old England international.

This news comes after Burnley boss Sean Dyche stated that there had been ‘no contact’ from Villa to discuss a bid Heaton. Clearly, a tactic played by Heaton's manager as their own pre-season starts.

It would seem that Villa’s tactic of offering a low first bid for their targets is continuing, and it would definitely seem that they’ll need to raise their offer for Heaton if they look to secure the highly-rated shot stopper.

A fee under Burnley's valuation will be accepted, but it'd seem they are waiting and that the ball is now in Villa's court. Do they move on, once more? Or do they seal a deal for one of English football's most underrated players? Only time will tell.