By Graham Hill
SEAN Dyche says there is ‘nothing’ in suggestions that Burnley keeper Tom Heaton is on his way to Villa.
Heaton is being strongly tipped to go to Villa Park in a £7million deal after Villa were put off by Stoke City’s £25million asking price for Jack Butland.
But Clarets boss Dyche, currently away on Burnley’s pre-season trip to Portugal says he knows nothing about a deal for Heaton, 33.
He confirmed the keeper is with the rest of the squad at the moment.
Dyche told LancsLive: “There’s nothing it, there’s been no contact with me,
“There’ve been rumours and rumours aplenty this summer and we understand why that is, but we’ve got a group of players we believe in and we always seemingly over the last few years have interest in one player or another but there’s certainly nothing serious our end. Tom’s here with us as normal.”
Dyche insists that any deal will be on Burnley’s terms. But Heaton was said to have turned down a new contract with Burnley last month – while Dyche says talks with the player are ‘ongoing’.
Heaton has a year left on his current Turf Moor deal but he lost his place to Nick Pope and then Joe Hart, after injury.
Now Heaton may wait to see who starts the season as Dyche’s first choice before deciding on his next move.
Dyche says having three senior keepers is a balancing act: ”There’s a bit of respect from all angles for our players. We try to be open with them and their advisors to find the right outcomes, but we’re certainly not under pressure to sell unless it makes sense for us to do so.”
The Burnley boss also gave an update on Heaton’s contract situation and added: ”Like every player we’re always looking at all players’ situations, where they are in their contracts, what they’re doing on the pitch and what level they are at within the club.
“Some players inevitably outgrow the club financially but not many, we think we look after the players so that’s ongoing – not just with Tom but with every situation.”