Newcastle in hunt for proven PL performer as top seven club faces dilemma - reliable journalist
Newcastle United are in the hunt to sign Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope in the summer, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun reporter Alan Nixon claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday that the Magpies could be lining up a swoop for Pope, 25, if he drops down the pecking order at Turf Moor once Tom Heaton returns from injury.
Pope has proven himself to be more than capable in the Premier League this season after being thrust into the starting line-up by Sean Dyche in September following injury to Heaton.
The 6ft 2in shot-stopper has made 27 appearances in all competitions, keeping an impressive 11 clean sheets in the process for the Clarets.
It is understood that Premier League high-flyers Burnley, who sit seventh in the standings, are now facing a dilemma over whether to axe Pope back to the bench or start playing Heaton again once he is fit.
Newcastle appear to be closely monitoring the situation as Rafa Benitez has been widely reported to be interested in strengthening his goalkeeper options since the club’s promotion from the Championship.
Football Insider verdict
Pope has been brilliant for Burnley this season. He did not start the campaign thinking he’d get so much game-time, but the 25-year-old has proven himself to be a solid Premier League performer between the sticks as Burnley currently face an outside chance of qualifying for the Europa League. Newcastle may not need a new shot-stopper any more though after signing Martin Dubravka on loan from Sparta Prague in January. The Slovakia international has been impressive since joining the Magpies and they could look to make his loan deal into a permanent one in the summer.
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