By Dave Woods

31st Jul, 2019 | 8:53am

Heaton deal could trigger Peacock-Farrell bid

Aston Villa are on the brink of completing an £8m deal for Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, but one journalist thinks the deal could have a knock-on effect for Leeds.

Tom Cardnuff from Sporting Life said he expects Burnley to come in with a bid for Bailey Peacock-Farrell with the Premier League side having identified him as a player to work with Nick Pope.

Any legs in this?

It looks like Kiko Casilla is set to be Leeds’ number one again, despite talk linking him with a move away this summer.

The initial Burnley link came from Alan Nixon, who is a good source of transfer information.

Of course, it’s one thing Burnley putting a bid in and another Leeds accepting it and leaving themselves light at the back with just four days to go before the new season kicks off.

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However, Peacock-Farrell said himself in June that he would only stay at Leeds if he was played more often and he might prefer a pay rise and a bench role at Burnley than playing understudy in the Championship.

It’s definitely one to watch and Leeds fans won’t want to lose such an important player at this stage in the season.

Casilla made a number of big mistakes last season – not least the clanger that cost Leeds in the play-off semi-final against Derby – and a solid back-up is vital.