Nottingham Forest have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Tom Heaton, with Burnley manager Sean Dyche saying “no” when asked if he would consider any approaches in January. Heaton has an uncertain future at Turf Moor due to a lack of minutes in the first-team this season.
Joe Hart was preferred between the sticks upon his arrival from Manchester City last summer, but he’s recently lost his place in the starting lineup. Heaton has been brought back into the fray, but he may feel competition from both Hart and Tom Pope could lead to his No.1 jersey being up for grabs in the second-half of the season.
The English international could be open to a move away from Burnley as a result and has interest from Nottingham Forest among other clubs. Dyche, however, played down any talk suggesting that a deal could be agreed. As per Nottinghamshire Live, he said: “(Burnley) haven’t had any enquires for anyone.
And when asked if he would listen to requests for his goalkeepers, he replied: “No. Only if they wanted me to listen to a request. If they said ‘look, gaffer’ (and gave) whatever reason, I’d listen to them. I trust them all. They are all old enough and wise enough now.”
Heaton has made only two Premier League appearances this season, both of which have come in the last two weeks as Hart has been dropped. It’s unknown if he’s content to stay at Burnley or still wants a move away in January, but Dyche clearly doesn’t want to entertain suitors.