Man United are on the verge of completing their first transfer of the summer with former shot-stopper Tom Heaton close to returning to the Theatre of Dreams from Aston Villa. Heaton came through the youth ranks at Man United but never managed a first-team appearance thanks to the immovable presence of Edwin van der Sar between the sticks.
Tom had six loan spells at six different clubs during his time with Man United before eventually leaving for Cardiff City on a free transfer in 2010. After spending two years with the Welsh outfit, Heaton signed from Bristol City before finding his home at Burnley in 2013.
It is at Turf Moor where the shot-stopper became an established household name, helping them to promotion to the PL on two different occasions. After six years and 200 games for the Clarets, the 35-year-old goalkeeper signed for Aston Villa in 2019 but has endured a difficult time in the Midlands.
Even though Tom started out as the first-choice upon his arrival, a severe injury meant he missed a large chunk of the last campaign, forcing the Villans to sign Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal last summer.
And the South American has been absolutely top-notch this term, which has meant that the veteran shot-stopper hasn’t had an opportunity to play even a single minute of first-team football in 2020/21.
And, with his deal with Aston Villa now on the verge of expiry, Tom could be on his way back to boyhood club Man United. Man United have been linked with a move for the English shot-stopper ahead of the summer as they prepare for a revamp of the goalkeeping department at the end of the campaign.