Leeds United Target Premier League Shot-Stopper To Ease Deepening Goalkeeper Crisis
With Joe Hart’s arrival from Manchester City on a permanent deal this summer, Burnley now have five registered first-team goalkeepers for manager Sean Dyche to play with.
Former England Number One Hart joined a cluster featuring Nick Pope, Anders Lindegaard, Adam Legzdins and Tom Heaton in competition for a starting berth in the Burnley line-up.
But the Clarets' Fab Five shot-stoppers might be going to way of Take That when their own 'Robbie Williams' - Tom Heaton - becomes more enamoured by outside interest .
That wealth of options Burnley have at their disposable is currently the envy of high-flying Championship side Leeds United, with the Whites currently plagued by a deepening goalkeeping crisis.
Jamal Blackman had to return to parent club Chelsea following a season-ending injury last week, with first-choice keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell producing a shocker of a mistake in the loss to West Brom to fuel fans’ ire and is also now out with his own ailment.
Clarets captain Heaton is apparently ‘interested’ in the switch from Lancashire to Yorkshire according to Talksport, with Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa hoping for permission from the EFL to make the emergency signing to ease the situation. The likelihood would it being a 28-day loan deal with a view to permanency.
Heaton has failed to gain his starting place in the Burnley set-up after an injury over a year ago and sees himself behind Pope and Hart in the preference to get between the sticks. He has so far failed to make an appearance in the Premier League this season and could see the opportunity to reassert himself in a Leeds side currently devoid of serious goalkeeping competition.
Leeds are looking at returning to the English top tier after being away for what will be 15 years at the end of the season. They currently sit in third in the Championship table.