Newcastle United Interested In Nick Pope
According to one national newspaper, Newcastle United are hoping to sign Burnley goalkeeper Tom Pope in the summer transfer window. The English keeper has been given his chance in the Premier League since normal first choice keeper Tom Heaton dislocated his shoulder in September.
Pope, has impressed since coming into the side and Sean Dyche will face a dilemma on which goalkeeper should start when England International Tom Heaton is fit again. This situation has caught the eye of Rafa Benitez, who is reportedly monitoring the situation carefully in hope of securing a deal for Pope when the transfer window re-opens at the end of the season.
The move may also depend on the form of new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. The loan keeper from Sparta Prague made his debut in The Magpies shock 1-0 victory over Manchester United and his teammates were quick to heap praise on the Slovakian.
Dubravka made a string of fine saves and if he manages to keep up his form for the rest of the season, Benitez may opt to make his loan move permanent instead of signing Pope, an option that may be available for just £4m.
Newcastle’s chances of signing either keeper are bound to be boosted if the Magpies can retain their place in the Premier League next season. They currently sit 13th but just two points from safety and will be hoping they can win a ‘six-pointer’ against Bournemouth.