Bristol City are keen on signing Burnley and England keeper Tom Heaton, according to Bristol Live. However, they should face competition from fellow Championship side Birmingham, who need to make changes to their goalkeeping options.
Heaton admitted to The Mirror recently that he may have to leave Turf Moor in January if he wants to be starting enough games, and Bristol Live claim that he is willing to drop down to the Championship in search of minutes.
The England international suffered a dislocated shoulder last season that kept him out until the last few games of the campaign and allowed Nick Pope to shine as Sean Dyche’s side finished seventh in the Premier League.
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This meant that Pope was handed the final goalkeeping spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Russia. However, at the start of this season the 26-year-old also suffered a dislocated shoulder as Heaton was recovering from a calf problem, and with both of his international goalkeepers ruled out, Dyche moved for Joe Hart from Manchester City.
Heaton is now 32 years of age but Garry Monk would still be pulling off a huge coup if he could bring the Burnley man to St Andrew’s.
Thanks to the EFL sanctions for breaking Financial Fair Play regulations, Birmingham City will only be able to make one signing when the January transfer window opens, and Garry Monk must use this to sort his goalkeeping problem.
The Blues are currently 12th in the Championship but they have conceded 20 goals in just 17 games and have 34-year-old Lee Camp as their only senior goalkeeper after David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak were exiled in the summer by Monk.
So, Birmingham fans, would you like to see Heaton as your final signing for the season in January or should it be saved for an outfield player? Have your say by voting in the poll below.