The Telegraph (Luke Edwards) in an exclusive are reporting today that Newcastle are close to reaching an agreement to sign Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, and the transfer fee seems extremely low.
And the report also points out that Newcastle are being frustrated with high transfer fees being quoted to them.
Burnley know that Pope wants out, since he wants first team football so he can make England’s squad for the World Cup in Qatar that starts in mid-November.
Pope has a decent chance not only to make the England squad for Qatar, but become England’s number one too.
The big news is that sources have told Telegraph Sport that the recruitment of the 30-year-old 8 times capped England International is closer than that of both Ekitike and Botman: so that has to be very good news.
The price is a bit hard to believe, but the Telegraph are reporting it to be between £8M and £10M.
If that is true, it’s an absolute bargain for Newcastle, since Pope could well become the number one at Newcastle, and edge out current incumbent Martin Dubravka.
The deal has not been completed yet, but Burnley now realize they will need to sell Pope, and there’s no chance of him staying with Burnley.
Pope’s current deal at Burnley has one year to run with an option for another year.
But how the price has gone from £40M to say £10M is a mystery?
But Burnley probably never really wanted £40M for Pope in the first place, and that’s been paper-talk.
Talks are said to be at an advanced stage, and this is very good news for Newcastle fans.
Pope was born in Soham, a small town in East Cambridgeshire, between Ely and Newmarket.
He started his career with Ipswich Town’s Youth Academy and after being released aged 16 in 2008, he joined Bury Town, before signing for Charlton Athletic in May 2011.
Pope joined Burnley in the summer of 2016 and became a regular starter in the 2017-2018 season and made 155 total appearances for Burnley, all in the Premier League.
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