Newcastle could make a move for Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope if Fulham fail to sign him, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
Pope has spent the last six years at Burnley, but he could be set to depart the club at the end of the season.
What’s the latest news involving Pope?
The 29-year-old has established himself as Burnley’s No. 1 for the last four seasons, and he has had another solid campaign at Turf Moor, keeping seven clean sheets in 25 top-flight appearances.
However, the team have struggled overall, and they are currently in the relegation zone heading into the final weeks of the season.
This has led to speculation regarding his future, and it has been reported that Fulham want him to be their first-choice shot-stopper next season if they secure promotion to the Premier League.
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What has Jones said about Pope?
Pope has acknowledged that Fulham’s interest in Pope is serious, but he feels that a couple of Premier League clubs could try to entice the 6 foot 6 star away from Burnley if the west London side fail to land him.
Speaking about Pope to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “If he doesn’t go to Fulham, then Southampton, Newcastle, those are the types of clubs that will definitely be keen on him.”
Would Pope be a good signing for Newcastle?
Pope may be on course to be relegated with Burnley this season, but on a personal level, he has done very little wrong for Sean Dyche’s side.
According to FBref, Pope’s save percentage is currently up at 70.5% this season, which puts him above Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka, who is down at 68.2%.
Pope is an experience Premier League goalkeeper, and he has also won eight caps at international level, proving that he can perform on the biggest stages. Right now, he appears to be on course to travel to the World Cup later this year as England’s third-choice option behind Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale.
Furthermore, his contract at Burnley is set to expire in 2023, and Newcastle may be able to get him for a relatively cheap price due to this, particularly if Burnley do go down. Transfermarkt value Pope at £13.5m, which is a price-tag that Newcastle can certainly afford.
Weighing up all these factors, it seems that Pope would be a fine addition to the Magpies squad as a potential upgrade on Dubravka, if Newcastle decide to step up their interest in him.