Newcastle United close in on signing Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope
Newcastle United want the England goalkeeper.
Newcastle United are closing in on signing Nick Pope following talks with Burnley for the England international goalkeeper, according to reports.
The 30-year-old is on the verge of a move to St. James' Park, according to The Telegraph, with a fee between £8m-10m being discussed between the clubs.
Pope is close to becoming a Newcastle player.
Pope's arrival on Tyneside would challenge Martin Dubravka for the number one jersey ahead of next season's Premier League campaign.
The Burnley goalkeeper has ambitions to make Gareth Southgate's England World Cup squad, therefore, a return to the top flight is essential to Pope's aspirations.
Newcastle and Burnley have reached verbal agreement for Nick Pope, here we go. Deal in place, as first called by @LukeEdwardsTele - now waiting for paperworks to be signed soon. ⚪️🤝 #NUFC
Nick Pope has agreed personal terms with Newcastle, medical to be scheduled soon. pic.twitter.com/3tV6Jbc8wW
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 21, 2022
Newcastle's backup keepers Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman look set to depart the Magpies for the Championship this summer, to make room for Pope's arrival.
Woodman is on the verge of signing for Preston North End whilst Darlow is on Middlesbrough's radar.
Negotiations on the Pope deal are understood to be further down the line than the Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman transfers.
Pope's stats ahead of Newcastle move.
Pope made 141 appearances for Burnley and kept 46 clean sheets during his time at Turf Moor since signing from Charlton Athletic in 2016.
Despite Burnley's relegation, Pope made 36 appearances for Burnley last season and kept nine clean sheets for the Clarets.
Last season, Pope had the second most crosses claimed in the Premier League with 46, only behind Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, who had 60.
Pope has won eight caps for England under Southgate. The Cambridgeshire native represented the Three Lions each year since 2018.
Newcastle's first game of the Premier League season is against Nottingham Forest at St. James' Park on August 6th, with a 3:00 pm kickoff.
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