As reported by BBC Sport, Villa are set to sign Heaton from Burnley in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £8 million.
Former Leeds striker Whelan, who now works as a pundit for BBC Radio Leeds, has claimed that the Whites tried to sign the 33-year-old goalkeeper a while back, and that he would be a very good signing for the Villans – who will play in the Premier League next season after clinching promotion from the Championship via the playoffs.
Whelan told Football Insider about Heaton: “Leeds tried to sign him a while back, I was licking my lips after our (Leeds) approach.
“A very solid keeper is a must for any ambitious side, and Heaton definitely fits the bill.
“Villa will be getting a keeper who makes outstanding saves, provides good ball distribution, and is a good talker and communicator.
“He may be 33, but he can play at the top for another, four, five, six years. He is not old for a keeper. Villa are right to push the boat out to get him. He could make all the difference this season.”
Good signing for Aston Villa?
Heaton is a very good goalkeeper with extensive experience in the Premier League, and the 33-year-old would be a very good signing for Villa, especially for the reported transfer fee of £8m.
Dean Smith’s side could do with an experienced and quality goalkeeper to add more confidence to the backline, and Heaton will provide just that.