Newcastle United are chasing Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, but Burnley are desperate to keep the 25 year-old at Turf Moor.
According to reports, Burnley are set to double Nick Pope’s £15,000 a week wages to fend off interest from several Premier League clubs, with Newcastle leading the way to sign the 25 year-old.
Pope signed for Burnley as cover for Tom Heaton in 2016, but has shone in goal for the Clarets since Heaton dislocated his shoulder, even earning a call-up to the latest England squad.
Newcastle are of course happy with their current goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, but the Slovakian may or may not sign permanently after his loan deal ends.
Burnley want to double Pope’s wages to £30,000 a week, but a big offer from Newcastle could tilt the scales in their favour.
Any interest Newcastle have in Pope will certainly depend on the status of Martin Dubravka. The 29 year-old has delighted fans on Tyneside since his January loan move from Sparta Prague, but it is yet to be seen whether he will be signed permanently.
If Dubravka does return to Prague, then Pope would be an immediate upgrade on the remaining ranks at St. James’ Park. Youngster Freddie Woodman may want a shot when he returns from his loan spell with Aberdeen, but he is unlikely to be thrown straight into Premier League action.
Pope was released by Ipswich in 2008, then after a spell with Bury Town he joined Charlton, where he was loaned out to five different clubs. His persistence in rising through the ranks of English football is something that will appeal to fans at any club, and he would quickly become a fan favourite on Tyneside.
It goes without saying, but Burnley are desperate to hold on to Pope. Still, if the Clarets cannot convince him to stay, Newcastle should certainly be at the front of the queue if they lose Dubravka.
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