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Leeds could replace Casilla with Aston Villa target after snubbing goalkeeper in January

LEEDS could replace Kiko Casilla with Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton this summer after it was revealed they tried to sign him in January.

It was revealed earlier this week that Leeds are looking to offload Casilla this summer.

The Spain international only arrived in January, signing a four-and-a-half year deal worth more than £30,000-a-week.

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But having failed to clinch promotion, his hefty salary will put a huge strain on the club’s finances as they endure another year in Championship.

Casilla would likely return to his native Spain, but due to his wage demands, could only realistically join a top flight club.

“Leeds United were trying to get hold of Tom Heaton last season”

Noel Whelan

Should Leeds manage to offload the 32-year-old, one player they could replace him with is Burnley stopper Tom Heaton, if former Whites forward Noel Whelan is to be believed.

“Leeds United were trying to get hold of Tom Heaton last season before we brought in Casilla,” he told Football Insider.

“He’s been part of the England setup, you need that experience, he seems like a leader as well.

“A very good goalkeeper, came back into the squad at Burnley last season and had some excellent performances.”

The Burnley captain was Sean Dyche’s No. 1 for the second half of last season.

Having been out with a calf strain at the start of the season, he initially lost his place to new signing Joe Hart.

He was resorted to the first XI following the 5-1 home defeat to Everton though, also reclaiming his spot as England’s No. 2 behind Jordan Pickford.

But he could be on the move this summer, with Aston Villa understood to be very interested in him making him their first choice next season.

Sky Sports report that Villa had an offer turned down by the Clarets this week.

The offer has been described as “derisory”, with Burnley looking to recoup significantly more for the 33-year-old.

Villa are understood to have made an experienced Premier League keeper their primary target, having completed several deals already this summer.

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