There’s plenty of business for West Ham to complete over the course of the coming months and it certainly makes sense for the Hammers to start at the back.
Joe Hart’s uninspiring loan stint at the London Stadium from Manchester City didn’t achieve what all parties hoped it would, meaning it’s highly unlikely the England international will earn a permanent switch to the club.
With Adrian’s future also surrounded in speculation, West Ham are in the market for a new first-choice stopper and appear to have found the ideal man on the books of a Premier League rival.
The Sun state the Hammers are eyeing a move to bring Tom Heaton in from Burnley, after the England hopeful fell down the pecking order at Turf Moor this season.
Heaton, Burnley’s captain, spent a large chunk of the season on the sidelines through injury and saw Nick Pope excel in his absence, establishing himself as first-choice at the club and pushing into the England squad.
With Burnley now having two top-class stoppers in their squad, it’s likely one of those will be moved on and Heaton, rated at around £10m, is the more likely candidate to be offloaded.
However, Sean Dyche may persuade Heaton to remain in Lancashire to fight for his spot, using Europa League football as a bargaining chip.