Huddersfield want Burnley and England outcast Tom Heaton to help save them from relegationNovember 9, 2018
HUDDERSFIELD want England goalkeeper Tom Heaton to help their fight to avoid relegation.
Terriers boss David Wagner knows he needs to sort out his leaky defence which has been shipping too many goals this season.
And he has targeted Burnley outcast Heaton for a January move in an attempt to give his side a chance of staying in the Premier League.
The 32-year-old is desperate to quit Turf Moor after being frozen out this season following the arrival of Joe Hart.
Heaton has gone from England squad regular to an outcast with both club and country as a result of Sean Dyche’s late summer swoop for Hart.
The keeper has endured a miserable 12 months after suffering a serious shoulder injury which saw Nick Pope replace him as Burnley number one last season.
It meant Pope took his place as third-choice keeper at the World Cup when Gareth Southgate kept Heaton on stand-by.
Pope’s own shoulder injury in pre-season looked to have handed him the ideal chance to revive his career, only for the Clarets to complete the shock signing of Hart instead.
His situation has not been lost on Huddersfield, who have already conceded 25 goals in their 11 top flight games this season.
SunSport understands they have already made contact to see if a deal can be sorted out for as soon as the transfer window opens in January.
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Wagner appears to have concerns that current number one Jonas Lossl has the stature to marshal his defence and help it become more solid.
But though Heaton is keen to get out of Burnley, Huddersfield’s precarious top flight future could cause problems getting any deal done.
The club are not keen to commit to a big financial package at a time when there is the danger of losing out on the riches of the top flight.
So they are only keen to get a loan arrangement in place in the short term, with the option of making it permanent in the summer.
Heaton is believed to favour a permanent move when he leaves Turf Moor, a commitment Huddersfield may not be able to give.