Thu. Oct 29th, 2020

Dean Smith responds to Aston Villa’s links to Joe Hart

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Heaton out for season

Tom Heaton began the 2019/20 campaign as Aston Villa’s main goalkeeper.

The Englishman signed for the newly-promoted side over the summer, leaving Burnley.

Heaton seemed like a solid addition for Villa. He is a proven Premier League keeper, and has a fair bit of English top-flight experience, something that is always useful for a side that has just won promotion.

However, Heaton would suffer an injury vs former club Burnley earlier this week.

Villa then confirmed on Friday that Heaton will miss the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: Tom Heaton of Aston Villa reacts with an injury during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Aston Villa at Turf Moor on January 01, 2020 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Hart to Villa?

Losing someone of Heaton’s caliber is a huge blow for the relegation-battling side.

But with the January transfer window open, Villa have already been linked with another keeper.

That man is former Manchester City star Joe Hart, with the Daily Mail claiming that Hart is among the keepers being considered by Villa boss Dean Smith.

But when asked about the possibility of signing Hart, who is currently plying his trade at Burnley, Smith was rather coy on the situation:

“There’s an awful lot of candidates that we’ve been looking at. I’m not going to give any names.

“Also the two we’ve got here, Kalinic and Nyland. They are both international goalkeepers, there’s opportunities for them.

“Nyland has been very good for me, there was not a lot he could have done with the two goals and his distribution was very good. We’re looking in the market at a number of things now.” As quoted by Sky Sports News.

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