Nick Pope – Premier League Clubs Lining Up to Sign Clarets Goalkeeper
Southampton Football Club are interested in signing Burnley and England International goalkeeper Nick Pope to their ranks in the summer transfer window. Ralph Hasenhuttl will be looking to add at least one keeper to the squad with the departure of Fraser Forster (Tottenham), Harry Lewis (Bradford City) and Willy Caballero looking likely to leave. The Saints are still yet to make an official announcement, Alex McCarthy has signed a contract extension at the club.
Despite being relegated from the Premier League this term with Burnley, Nick Pope is well regarded in the top-flight and was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad alongside Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. The thirty year old kept nine clean sheets in thirty-six Premier League appearances this term whilst conceding forty-seven goals and also boasts eight caps for England.
Having been particularly impressive in the 2017/18 campaign when the Lancashire club finished seventh, Pope has kept a total of fifty-three clean sheets in one hundred and fifty-five appearances for Burnley Football Club, an average of one shutout every 2.9 games. Moreover, according to FBRef, Pope enjoyed a 73.6 per cent save percentage, the fifth-best for Premier League goalkeepers who played at least fifteen games.
With just one year left on his contract whilst looking to be a part of Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup later this year, it is expected that Pope will depart Turf Moor this summer. It’s undoubtedly a key position that needs strengthening for the Saints and a potential deal for the England shot-stopper would undoubtedly delight supporters.