Nick Pope has completed his £10m move from Burnley to Newcastle, with the England goalkeeper on a four-year deal.
The 30-year-old was keen to remain in the Premier League after Burnley were relegated to the Championship to ensure he remains in Gareth Southgate’s England plans ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
Pope, who had one year left on contract at Burnley, will challenge Martin Dubravka for the No 1 shirt at St James’ Park.
The former Charlton goalkeeper will become Eddie Howe’s second summer signing after left-back Matt Targett joined earlier this month.
Pope said: “Now I’m here, I can’t wait to get started. The deal took a couple of weeks to materialize but it crossed the line very quickly and I’m excited to be here and I’m really looking forward to getting involved in it.”
Howe was delighted to have his man after initially trying to bolster his goalkeeping department in January.
The Magpies boss said: “Nick is an exceptional goalkeeper in the Premier League and at international level so I’m delighted to add strong competition to a very important position.
“There has been a lot of interest in him from other clubs this summer so I would like to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for giving us a head start on the competition. I am delighted that he is joining us as we prepare for the exciting challenge that lies ahead.”
Analysis: Why Toon Trust Pope
Sky Sports football journalist Ben Grounds:
“Newcastle have been a shrewd operator so far in the summer transfer window, with Pope’s arrival set to be the first new face on Tyneside after Matt Targett’s loan move from Aston Villa was made permanent.
“The goalkeeping position wasn’t the most obvious area that needed improvement by the end of last season. Dubravka had put in an admirable performance in helping the club avoid any relegation threat, keeping eight clean sheets and only conceding 35 goals.” the 26 games he played in total.
“But Pope has proven over a number of years what a good shot stopper he is, making memorable saves away from West Ham and Aston Villa when Burnley’s fight for survival was narrowly defeated by Dubravka.
“The Slovakia international is three years older than Pope but at 33 he’s still in a good age and has plenty of experience to fight for the No.
“His superior passing accuracy would be missed if Newcastle were looking to switch to a more possession-based approach, so Pope needs to show he’s more comfortable on the ball, with a range of both short and long passes.
“It’s big news for Eddie Howe and for Pope who have a big couple of months ahead with the World Championships coming up in November. Playing regularly in the Premier League is a must and so the move will come with some guarantee provided he can repeat the same form he showed at Turf Moor towards the end of the season.
“He’s got Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale ahead of him in England but he’ll be looking to edge out the No. 2 position for his country.”
Pope in, Ekitike and Botman next?
Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie:
“It’s another deal for Eddie Howe after signing Matt Targett about two weeks ago when his loan from Aston Villa became permanent.
“That’s around £22m that Newcastle have already spent just two weeks into the transfer window.
“As we know, they are in talks to sign Reims striker Hugo Ekitike and Lille defender Sven Botman. Both fees on those transfers, should Newcastle squash them, will eclipse the fees spent on both Targett and Pope. They are very keen to bring them both to the club.”
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“There’s Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman, two high-profile players in France, they’re the two players closest to getting through the door.
“Newcastle have been linked with Lucas Paqueta from Lyon, who is good friends with Bruno Guimaraes. The midfielder stopped by and spent his birthday with Bruno and was even photographed wearing a Newcastle shirt in Bruno’s garden! This got Newcastle fans excited , he’s a starting international.” for Brazil. I don’t know if they would make a change for him. I think the price should be right for Lyon. Other top clubs are also interested in Paqueta.
“They definitely want to add key positions. Right wing is another player they want to sign, the likes of Moussa Diaby at Bayer Leverkusen and Ismalia Sarr at Watford. They’d be keen to sign Diaby but they’ve been quoted a fee in the region of £60million, which I’ve heard would be a bit outside of their price range at this point.
“I think they’re going to add a right winger, one striker, maybe two, a central midfielder, a centre-back and a goalkeeper – so they want to build their spines.”
Newcastle encounters 2022/23: Forest first
Newcastle United host newly promoted Nottingham Forest in the opening weekend of the 2022/23 Premier League season.
After a trip to Brighton at the second weekend, Eddie Howe’s Magpies host Premier League champions Manchester City on August 20 before ending the month with trips to Wolves and Liverpool.
Howe meets former club Bournemouth at home on September 17, while Brentford’s visit on October 8 marks the one-year anniversary of the Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle.
Newcastle travel to Leicester on Boxing Day, host Leeds on New Year’s Eve and then travel to Arsenal on January 2 before ending their campaign at Chelsea.
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