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Everton eye Burnley's Heaton as Howard ponders future

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Everton are reported to have approached Burnley in a move for their goalkeeper Tom Heaton as doubts about Tim Howard's future with the club have been raised by his desire to return to the USA.

The Independent report that Howard's ex-wife has returned to the United States with the couple's children which has created uncertainty about the 36-year-old's desires to remain in England.

Howard made mention in his recent autobiography of the frequent trips he makes to Memphis, Tennessee to see his children after wife Laura returned to America and he took a year's hiatus from the US Men's National Team after last year's World Cup in Brazil to spend more time with them. He still plans to return to international football in September but this latest report suggests he might be looking to move closer to his family.

His form nosedived last season, however, and while Roberto Martinez did not acknowledge it, he did use the occasion of the American 'keeper's time out injured between December and February to initiate a search for Howard's long-term replacement.

A move for Norwegian international Orjan Nyland is believed to have fallen through in January and now Heaton is being linked with Goodison.

Heaton attracted attention for his performances for Burnley last season and could get cherry-picked from the Clarets following their relegation back to the Championship.

Coincidentally, Howard worked with Heaton at Manchester United, when the latter was in the reserve team and the former has mentioned how impressed he was with the Burnley man's form last season.

He's had a fantastic season," Howard said."It's very tough being in the position Burnley find themselves in. It's a credit to Tom and the way he has kept going. I was with Tom at Manchester United — he was a young kid in the reserve team — and he has done very well for himself and had a good careersince he left Manchester United."

Original Source: The Indpendent  

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