According to The Sun, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Aston Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils want a quality cover who has the needed experience to give their first-choice goalies a run for their money, and they reckon the Villa star could be perfect for the job.
David de Gea and Dean Henderson have both challenged for the starting spot this season, and the Spaniard could look to leave if he is unable to force his way back into manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s XI.
Heaton has lost his spot in Dean Smith’s starting line-up to Emiliano Martinez, and the 35-year-old is reportedly looking to leave Villa Park as a result.
The England international goalkeeper has not featured for the Villans since January 2020 having been on the sidelines due to an ACL injury until last December.
The two-year deal he was offered when he joined Villa from Burnley in the summer of 2019 expires at the end of this season, and while the club want to hand him an extension, an exit appears to be on the cards.
Heaton will listen to other offers before deciding on his Villa future, and he could be tempted to leave should Man Utd come calling.
He did not have the chance to prove himself at Old Trafford before leaving as a youth player in 2010, and could fancy his chances this time out.
While Premier League action is not guaranteed should he return to Man Utd, the Villa goalie knows the Cup games could provide him an opportunity to play and there is also Champions League football available, including the chance to win silverware.