It looks like it will be Nick Pope next through the door at St. James’ Park. After Luke Edwards broke the news that an agreement was very close for the 30-year-old, The Athletic’s David Ornstein is reporting an agreement in principle has been reached.
Pope is now set for a medical with the deal expected to be completed by the end of the week. Ornstein does not cite the amount of the fee but Edwards reported earlier today it was around £10m, which is good business for an England international in his prime.
Pope’s arrival will also be accompanied by some sad news as Freddie Woodman looks set to depart after nine years on Tyneside. The 25-year-old is very close to clinching a move to Preston North End as revealed by The Athletic earlier today.
Newcastle’s pursuit of both Sven Botman and Hugo Ekitike continues to be clouded in uncertainty. After a promising update from the Chronicle on Ekitike, Luke Edwards countered that talks with the player’s representatives have gone quiet over the past week.
The hope of having most of the summer business done by the start of preseason next month looks very unlikely. However, Nick Pope will be an excellent addition as he looks set to follow the reliable Matt Targett as our next summer signing.