Newcastle CONFIRM the signing of England goalkeeper Nick Pope on a four-year deal after leaving Burnley for £12m… as boss Eddie Howe hails his ‘exceptional’ new shot-stopper to give him strong competition for No 1 jersey
- Nick Pope has become Newcastle boss Eddie Howe’s second summer signing
- The keeper made over 100 appearances for Burnley in six years with the club
- The 30-year-old has been on the fringes of the England setup since 2018
- Pope played 36 league games last season but couldn’t keep the Clarets up
Newcastle United have confirmed the £12million signing of England goalkeeper Nick Pope on a four-year deal after leaving Burnley.
Pope has enjoyed six years at Turf Moor and established himself as a highly-rated shot stopper in the Premier League, but always looked likely to move on after the Clarets were relegated last season.
After the deal officially went through, Magpies boss Eddie Howe could not hide his delight at getting the move over the line to strengthen his goalkeeping options.
Newcastle have clinched the signing of England international goalkeeper Nick Pope
Former Burnley man Pope has signed a four-year deal after his £12million move was secured
Pope told of how he stayed patient while talks were ongoing and is now ready to get started
‘Nick is an exceptional Premier League and international level goalkeeper so I’m very pleased to be adding strong competition to a very important position.
‘There has been a lot of interest in him from other clubs this summer, so I’d like to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for getting us ahead of the competition. I’m delighted he is joining us as we prepare for the exciting challenge ahead.’
Pope said: ‘Now I’m here, I can’t wait to get started. The deal has taken a couple of weeks to come to fruition but it got over the line really quickly, and I’m delighted to be here and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it.’
Magpies boss Eddie Howe admitted he was delighted to snap up the ‘exceptional’ goalkeeper
When fit, the keeper has been a constant presence for Burnley and has picked up over 100 Premier League appearances.
He has also been on the fringes of the England setup, playing eight games across the past four years.
Despite only missed two league games last season, Pope couldn’t keep Burnley in the Premier League as they finished three point from safety in 18th.
Pope is the second summer signing for Newcastle boss Eddie Howe after the capture of full-back Matt Targett, who spent the second half of last season on loan at St James’ Park from Aston Villa.
Pope has earned admirers for his impressive displays during his six years at Turf Moor
The Magpies are expected to repeat their January spending spree, where they bought over £90m of players to turn around their dire start to the season.
It may mean offloading some players, though as Howe battles to whittle his side down to a 25-man-squad without leaving out key players.
The experienced and highly-rated Pope will be a key presence in goal for a Newcastle side that finished last season with a goal difference of -18.