On Thursday evening, The Sun reported that Newcastle United were interested in signing Tom Heaton from Burnley.
Heaton is an established Premier League player, who has previously featured for England, and will always be included in the squad, at a minimum.
Of course, Newcastle United will be playing their football in the top flight next year, after just one season away from it.
But would it be worth Tom Heaton leaving a somewhat established Premier League team in Burnley to run the risk at Newcastle United?
Obviously Burnley have only been back in the Premier League for one season themselves, but they’ve proven that they can more than hold their own.
Newcastle return this year, and will be hoping for a huge improvement from last time they featured in the top flight, when they were relegated.
Heaton has been one of the stand-out goalkeepers in the Premier League this season, and can consider himself very unfortunate to not have been named in the PFA team of the year.
Of course, when it comes to club size and history, Newcastle United are substantially bigger than their Lancashire counterparts, but would that be enough to see Heaton leave Turf Moor?
He’s got a good relationship with the fans, who have loved watching him play this season.
However, playing infront of 50,000+ screaming Geordies may appeal to him more than the sub 30,000 attendances Burnley get week in week out.
However, Newcastle United aren’t the only club interested in signing the shot stopper. Rumours have been about for weeks that David De Gea will be leaving Manchester United, and that the Red Devils are interested in re-signing Tom Heaton, whom used to be on their books.
Nothing is concrete there, but the Sun did also report that Crystal Palace are interested in the England international.
Palace are a cemented Premier League side, who under Sam Allardyce have gone from strength to strength.
There’s no saying that Burnley boss Sean Dyche will even consider selling Heaton, but one thing for sure, is that the England goalkeeper has a lot of thinking to do come the end of the season.