Newcastle United are reportedly close to making Nick Pope their second signing of the summer.
The Magpies made Matt Targett a permanent Toon player at the start of the month, and now Pope could join him at St James’ Park. He’s been pictured entering the ground earlier today ahead of the deal being finalised.
Eddie Howe has been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper to compete with Martin Dubravka, and he has finally got his man.
The 30-year-old is set to join Newcastle from Burnley for £10million. That’s a bargain considering how good Pope is.
It’s another sensible addition by the Magpies. And even though he’s 30, Pope could have a long-term future at St James’ Park.
Nick Pope to sign four-year contract with Newcastle
According to Sky Sports’ Keith Downie, the goalkeeper will sign a four-year deal with Eddie Howe’s side.
“I think when they crunched the numbers they felt Nick Pope was the best value for money,” he said.
“This is a permanent transfer for Pope. He will sign a four year deal for a cost of around £10million.”
It could be an even longer deal, with the Telegraph’s Mike McGrath tweeting that the contract includes an option for a further year.
A four-year deal will keep Pope at St James’ Park until 2026 when he’ll be 34-years-old. That’s no age for a goalkeeper, so a long-term deal makes sense.
It’s the same length as the one agreed by Targett, whose move from Villa to Newcastle was confirmed on June 8th. Just over a fortnight later and another new face is joining the club.
Pope’s arrival will make it back-to-back low cost, low risk signings for Dan Ashworth.
Targett’s return made sense given how he performed on loan, and Pope is great competition for Dubravka. It will be interesting to see which goalkeeper is made first choice.
You would imagine it will be Pope. He surely got assurances from Howe that he will play when discussing the move.
Pope is on the brink of becoming our second signing of the summer, and Newcastle’s new number one. And it’s a role he could hold until 2026 and potentially beyond.