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Tom Heaton seeks January move away from Burnley

England goalkeeper Tom Heaton wants a move away from Burnley in January.

Two years ago Heaton appeared to have the world at his feet, having just signed a new long-term deal at the club, and having forced his way into the England squad. However, a dislocated shoulder suffered in a match with Crystal Palace saw him lose both his England and Burnley place to Nick Pope, and, with the arrival of Joe Hart at the club in the summer, Heaton now finds himself third-choice for manager Sean Dyche.

That has prompted him to look for regular first-team football elsewhere, and, according to The Mirror, Aston Villa have been identified as potential suitors. New Villa boss Dean Smith is unhappy with present goalkeeping incumbent Orjan Nyland, who has been inconsistent, and is eyeing Heaton as a potential replacement as he looks to mount a sustained promotion push in the New Year.

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