Eddie Howe praises Newcastle owners after landing ‘exceptional’ Nick Pope in cut-price deal

Nick Pope, Burnley, April 2022.

Newcastle have completed the signing of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope on a four-year deal, with Eddie Hope labelling the stopper ‘exceptional’.

The 30-year-old England international travelled to the north-east to undergo a medical and formally seal the transfer on Thursday evening after the two clubs had agreed a fee understood to be in the region of just £10million.

Pope said: “Now I’m here, I can’t wait to get started.

“The deal has taken a couple of weeks to come to fruition, but it got over the line really quickly and I’m delighted to be here and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it.”

Pope, who is reunited with former Burnley team-mate Chris Wood, has been one of the Premier League’s top keepers over the past six years and made 141 league appearances for the Clarets.

He will provide stiff competition for current Newcastle No.1 Martin Dubravka, who held off Karl Darlow last term. Indeed, the latter is expected to move on this summer.

Howe added: “Nick is an exceptional Premier League and international level goalkeeper. So I’m very pleased to be adding strong competition to a very important position.

“There has been a lot of interest in him from other clubs this summer, so I’d like to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for getting us ahead of the competition.

“I’m delighted he is joining us as we prepare for the exciting challenge ahead.”

More Newcastle signings on the way

A renowned shot-stopper, Pope kept nine Premier League clean sheets last season. However, he could not prevent Burnley from slipping out of the top division.

His swift return to the top flight will also boost his England chances in a World Cup year.

He becomes Howe’s second summer signing after with full-back Matt Targett completed a permanent switch.

Newcastle are also hoping to bring in Lille over defender Sven Botman and Reims striker Hugo Ekitike.

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