An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United‘s interest in Burnley’s Nick Pope during the summer transfer window…
What’s the talk?
Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie has revealed that Dan Ashworth is now eyeing up a deal for the England international.
The reporter has confirmed that the shot-stopper is set to depart Turf Moor after the Magpies’ win against them on the final day consigned them to the Championship.
He tweeted: “Newcastle keen on England goalkeeper Nick Pope, who is likely to leave Burnley following their relegation…”
It has been reported that the Clarets will demand a fee in the region of £40m for their number one, amid interest from other Premier League clubs.
Eddie Howe would love him
Toon head coach Eddie Howe would love to have Pope at St James’ Park, as the 30-year-old is a proven top-flight performer who would come in and put real pressure on Martin Dubravka.
At this moment in time, the Slovakia international does not have genuine competition for his place, as Karl Darlow has shown that he is not good enough to step into the number one position.
In eight top-flight appearances last season, the Englishman averaged a dismal SofaScore rating of 6.47 as he conceded 1.9 goals per game, made one error directly leading to a goal and gave away one penalty.
Meanwhile, Pope averaged a much better rating of 6.99 in 36 matches. He let in 1.3 goals per game and did not give away a single penalty, although he did make one error leading to a goal, in 28 more matches than Darlow.
West Ham captain Declan Rice previously lauded the shot-stopper, telling BBC Sport: “I think Pope is a top goalkeeper, I know from training with him at England.
“I should have told the lads before the game to put it hard and low, anything up top he’s probably one of the best in the world at saving them. He’s a top keeper and a great lad as well.”
In four Premier League seasons, the 30-year-old has averaged a SofaScore rating of 6.96 – breaking into the England setup in the process – as he has proven his ability to perform to a high level on a consistent basis.
Howe would know exactly what he is getting from Pope and that is a reliable pair of hands between the posts. The 30-year-old is a player who has shown that he has the quality to contest for the number one shirt at St James’ Park, unlike Darlow, and that is why the Magpies head coach would love him.
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