Report – Rafa Linked With A Surprise Summer Transfer Target

While we thought that Rafa Benitez had found a new goalkeeper, 29-year-old Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague who can be a big hit at Newcastle, there is news in the Sun that Newcastle are after talented Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Nick came into the side when first choice Tom Heaton injured his shoulder earlier this season, and Nick has played very well for the Turf Moor side.

But Burnley manager Sean Dyche could get some transfer money by selling 31-year-old Tom Heaton in the summer transfer market and keep 25-year-old Pope as the first team goalkeeper.

It will also be interesting to see if Heaton can regain his place in the side when he recovers fully from the dislocation of his shoulder.

Nick Pope – 25-year-old talented Burnley goalkeeper

Newcastle were also reported to be interested in Heaton last summer so maybe whoever ends up on the bench once Heaton is fit again could become the Newcastle target this summer?

The Sun are reporting it will specifically be Nick Pope if he ends up on the bench and Heaton regains his place in the side.

If Newcastle sign Dubravka permanently for 4M in the summer, and Rafa brings in another goalkeeper, then either Rob Elliot or Karl Darlow will have to be sold.

If Dubravka continues in the terrific form he showed on his debut in the surprise win against Manchester United – our first win since October 21st – there’s little doubt he will sign for Newcastle in a permanent move.

And with Elliot and Darlow as the backup, it does seem a little strange that Rafa would want to bring in another goalkeeper.

But we shall see, and Newcastle do have young Freddie Woodman, who in a couple of years should be fighting for the number one goalkeeper position at Newcastle.

Pope joined Burnley two years ago from Charlton Athletic, and he has played 27 times this season for the Burnley first team, and he has looked extremely impressive.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Dennis Twice

    Feb 18, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    Attack Toon attack, attack!

  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Elliot is not on a huge wage.
    I think he may be moved up
    to the GK coaching role
    to replace Simon Smith.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 18, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    i see mitro started for fullham
    any1 know how he got on

  • OneAlanShearer

    Feb 18, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    He the sun. So a nothing story.

    The only thing that matters is Ashley sells otherwise rafa will be gone and things will then get really bad. The idea of away staying is unpalatable.

    Staying up is vital to rafa staying too.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Mitro got subbed not much mention of their new goalscoring tank unfortunately. Talk of the day was a 40 yard punt into an open goal after the goalie made a hash of a free kick in the corner. Sessegnon seems to be continuing to impress. He’s about 12 isn’t he?

    Just btw what is it about “don’t talk politics” that people don’t get? It’s like a conspiracy theorists merger with the Flat Earthers and UFO watchers club. Leave it out, nobody believes a politician and if you want to talk about them take it outside, poll boy.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Feb 18, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ve read one comment from a Fulham fan about mitro describing as working so hard off the ball to help the team. But yep not seen himbsvore or assist yet…sounds familiar.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Someone commented Mitro doesn’t look fit. Lines up with how he looked for us in the championship. I don’t think it’s going to be the making of him somehow.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #8

    I saw a match report that siad Mitro was subbed after
    7’ty something minutes and received a great ovation
    for his efforts.


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