By Noel Whelan

18th Jun, 2022 | 9:32am

Newcastle United could sign Nick Pope for £20m after Sky update - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested Newcastle United could sign Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope for around £20million this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 30-year-old would be worth “every single penny” for the Magpies.

As reported by Sky Sports on Thursday (16 June), Newcastle are interested in signing Pope from Burnley as Eddie Howe looks for goalkeeping reinforcements.

The shot-stopper is reportedly keen to remain in the Premier League after the Clarets’ relegation to the Championship.

Pope has a year left on his contract at Turf Moor, although the Clarets have the option to extend by a further year.

Whelan suggested a £20-25million deal would be enough to convince Burnley to sell.

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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Now that Burnley have gone down, I think you’re looking at the £20million mark for an international player.

“Nick Pope, he’s 30-years-of-age, yes, but what he does bring at that age is that agility, that organisation and that experience. He’s a player that can play for another six, seven, eight years as a goalkeeper.

“We see the longevity of a goalkeeper doesn’t end at 35 or 34, like outfield players. The demand on their body is not as intense. I think you’re still going to get the best years of a goalkeeper at 30.

“So I think that £20-25million mark with two years left on his contract. That would be something that would go a long way to help Burnley. I also think that Newcastle would be getting that one piece of the puzzle that has always been questioned. There’s a question mark over Dubravka.

“Would it be an improvement? Yes, it would. Would £25million, for that sort of player that has now got into the England setup, be worth it? In my opinion, every single penny.”

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