Newcastle United have been linked with a move for a goalkeeper this summer for a while now, despite the good form that Martin Dubravka has shown over the past several months, especially under the management of Eddie Howe. But it appears that the Magpies are looking for someone more comfortable with the ball at their feet.
The club had been linked with a number of goalkeepers in recent times and had even appeared to be close to a move for Dean Henderson at one point of time. Other names linked with the club were Kepa Arrizabalaga of Chelsea, Jordan Pickford of Everton, Kasper Schmeichel of Leicester City and many others.
While that failed to materialise, it looks like Newcastle United have gotten a deal done for a goalkeeper in the form of Burnley’s Nick Pope.
As tweeted out by Luke Edwards, a medical for Pope is now confirmed for tomorrow, with everything agreed with the player and Burnley on the part of Newcastle United:
Newcastle United set to sign goalkeeper this summer with medical set
Burnley got relegated last season and as a result, a move away for Pope became almost inevitable, as the goalkeeper was believed to be determined to keep hold of his place in the England national team squad for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.
Joining a team on the up like Newcastle United can certainly help Pope in that regard. He has been one of the most highly-rated goalkeepers in all of England for a long time, even though Burnley have never really competed for a spot near the top of the Premier League table.
Still just 30 years of age, Pope should have plenty of football left in the tank, especially as a goalkeeper, and this has all the hallmarks of a potential Howe transfer masterstroke.