Aston Villa formally express interest in Tom Heaton
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Aston Villa have made an enquiry about Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, Sky Sports report. 

Heaton's future at Turf Moor has been in doubt since he turned down a contract offer from the club last month. 

Significantly, the England international only has 12 months remaining on his current deal, meaning Burnley face the prospect of losing him on a free transfer next summer.

In these circumstances, it is thought that they will listen to offers for Heaton. 

And Villa, named as an interested party in June, have stepped-up their interest by sounding out the possibility of a deal. 

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The newly-promoted side were rebuffed in their efforts to sign Jack Butland, valued at £25million by Stoke City.

Heaton heads a shortlist of goalkeeping options which is also thought to include Southampton's Alex McCarthy

Hart also available

The report also states that Joe Hart has been put up for sale, just a year after his move from Manchester City.

Hart was Burnley's starting goalkeeper for the first half of the 2017/18 campaign, but after shipping five goals against Everton in a defeat which left the Clarets in the bottom three, he was dropped in favour of a fit-again Heaton.

Heaton's impressive form thereafter nudged Hart down the permanent pecking order.

Should Burnley lose both in this transfer window, Nick Pope, who signed a new long-term contract in May, will assume a starting role.

Pope saw his minutes severely restricted last season, largely due to a shoulder injury, but is highly-rated after a key contribution to his side's excellent seventh-place finish in 2017/18. 

It is likely a new goalkeeper would be recruited to serve as Pope's deputy.