Rafa Benitez wants to bring Tom Heaton to Newcastle according to an ‘exclusive’ this morning.

Turning 31 last month (April), the Burnley keeper is reported to be valued at around £15m and has three years remaining on his contract.

Tom Heaton represents a great story of a player finding success later in his career.

A succession of loans and free transfers saw the keeper turn out in the lower divisions for the likes of Cardiff, Rochdale, Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol City, before the West Country club allowed him to move on as a free transfer in summer 2013.

Joining Burnley, he has been almost a constant feature in the team ever since, helping them get promotion to the Premier League in his first season, then staying with them as they then were relegated and promoted in the next two campaigns.

In their ‘exclusive’ The Sun claim that Crystal Palace are also interested in taking Tom Heaton as their number one for next season.

At 31 he isn’t old for his position and should be at his peak now, plus able to play for at least the next five years or more at the top level. He won’t be on massive money at Burnley and Tom Heaton could well see this as a time to make a real go of it elsewhere after four years at the Lancashire club.

Such has been his form, the Burnley keeper is now a regular in the England team and undoubtedly he is a very good goalkeeper, playing a key part in their promotions and this season’s success in retaining their Premier League status.

As Shay Given proved year after year at St James Park, a top class goalkeeper can make a massive difference to your fortunes and is arguably, almost as valuable as having a top striker at the other end of the pitch.

Tom Heaton could potentially provide that but the whole goalkeeping situation will depend on how Rafa Benitez sees his current options.

Do any of Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Matz Sels, or Tim Krul fit that bill of being a top class goalkeeper?

There is ability there but personally, I don’t think any of them would come anywhere near being rated as one of the top ten in the Premier League, which is surely the level of player we need to aim for this summer.

At least one or two of the current quartet will surely leave anyway this summer and depending on how much of a priority he sees it, we could see a new number one at St James Park.

However, with added strength needed all around the squad, Rafa will be prioritising his targets.

  • wowski13

    Think we have some decent keepers but none on the level of Heaton. Theoretically if we could sell two of our current crop to offset his fee then it’s a no brainer!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Not in line with Fatso`s policy, could be Fake News

  • MadMag83

    We didn’t need Sels, we certainly don’t need another goalkeeper! Should be looking at goal scorers and midfielders to replace the likes of Colback etc

    • Geordiegiants

      We need to look anywhere we can improve.

      • David Miller

        We need to improve our worst positions, not gk which we have 3 more than decent keepers, and a very highly rated kid.

  • Geordiegiants

    None of our keepers are top ten I agree, we do need to keep darlow though, he is young for a keeper and still has potential, keepers have always come through later than outfield players. Get rid of Krul and Sels and sign him up.

  • Paul Patterson

    Treat any transfer story about a goalkeeper with extreme scepticism, especially at that age and that kind of fee..

  • Mrkgw

    Why, why, why? We have keepers namely in the form of Krul, Elliott and Darlow. Sels also if he ever comes good.

    • Leazes Ender

      Krul knackered…. Elliott and Darlow Championship level…Sels…. sell

      • Leicester Mag

        Elliot played well in the Premier league before injury

        • Leazes Ender

          I divvent like him, since that story in the Mag about his attitude to success.

  • Rich Lawson

    For god’s sake is goalkeeper the new endless midfield signing ? It must be the best covered position we have ? What about some prem’ class defenders or strikers,would be nice to be awash with them ? Clearly Joe Hart is also waiting for the inevitable link ? How do we keep getting said to be bidding for people when there is supposedly no transfer budget set yet or even agreement on the manager staying /

  • Geordie-7676

    Will not happen…..more media bulls**t!