Newcastle transfer news: Nick Pope a target with Magpies confident of ironing out weakness

Nick Pope England June 2022

Newcastle United have put the feelers out over a move for Burnley’s England goalkeeper Nick Pope, claim reports.

Eddie Howe is looking for some competition for last season’s No.1 Martin Dubravka and has a number of targets.

Pope, 30, is the latest name for Newcastle to run the rule over, according to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie.

As per the reporter, Howe is making enquiries about Pope, who made 36 Premier League appearances last season.

Pope managed nine clean sheets last season in a team which were relegated after conceding 53 goals.

The former Charlton keeper has one year left on contract and is attracting plenty of interest.

The Chronicle claim Pope is also wanted by West Ham, Nottingham Forest and Southampton.

He will likely have a relegation clause in his contract, cutting his wages and meaning he could be available for a knockdown price.

The Daily Mail claim Pope “has had interest from a number of clubs but a move to Newcastle appeals”.

All change with Newcastle keepers

The new ownership and progress under Howe is an attractive draw.

Newcastle’s priorities have though been elsewhere until now as they try and tie up moves for Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike.

The club’s scouting network are believed to have concerns over Pope’s distribution with his feet. However, the Mail claim they are happy to work with the player on that.

PSG keeper Alphonse Areola, who has been on loan at West Ham, is also a target, but Pope could be a cheaper option.

Freddie Woodman is set to join Preston North End next week, while Karl Darlow’s future is uncertain.

Darlow, 31, last featured for Newcastle in November during the 3-3 draw with Brentford at St James’ Park.

He conceded 15 goals in his eight Premier League appearances and was without a clean sheet.

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