Nick Pope will be Eddie Howe’s second senior signing of the summer. An agreement has been reached with Burnley for around £10m with a medical scheduled for tomorrow according to Pete Graves with Sky Sports.
Understand medical is tomorrow ? #nufc
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesTV) June 22, 2022
Newcastle seemed to have wrapped this deal up quickly. It was just one week ago that our interest in the 30-year-old surfaced. He’ll come in and immediately battle Martin Dubravka for the number one gloves.
The news on other pursuits is not as encouraging. An agreement has not been reached with Lille as they moved the goalposts late in the game increasing their asking price. Most local journalists believe the player is keen on the move.
One potential positive is AC Milan’s new budget will not be enough for the Serie A champions to continue their pursuit of the 22-year-old. Reports from Italy have placed their budget at around £40-50m plus player sales as Redbird Capital Partners complete their takeover.
PSG are in hot pursuit of Inter’s Milan Skriniar. Inter are lining up Torino’s Gleison Bremer as a replacement. So with any luck, Newcastle could be the only option for Lille to do business with as their owners get antsy about a lack of player sales.
A report from L’Equipe yesterday claimed Real Madrid were interested in Hugo Ekitike. That has since been refuted by multiple outlets. His representatives continue to stall the striker’s move to Newcastle.
Newcastle are waiting to complete paperworks with Burnley then Nick Pope deal will be announced, Eddie Howe wanted him and the deal is done. ???? #NUFC
More: Hugo Ekitike deal, still stalling on agent side after agreement with Reims. Real Madrid deny any interest in the player.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 22, 2022
Bayern Munich reportedly have come into the equation should Robert Lewandowski move to Barcelona. Dortmund have reached an agreement to sign Sebastien Haller according to Romano so they appear to be out of the running.