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What shirt number Nick Pope could wear for Newcastle ahead of £10m move

Newcastle United are set to announce Nick Pope as their second signing of the summer.

The goalkeeper will arrive for £10million from Burnley, and has reportedly put pen to paper on a four-year deal at St James’ Park.

He will be a Magpie until 2026, and will initially compete with Martin Dubravka to be the club’s number one.

But what official number could Pope wear for his new side?

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Current shirt number not available for Nick Pope

Like all goalkeepers, Pope will want to be the Magpies’ number one. That was his number at Turf Moor.

But while he might be Eddie Howe’s first choice stopper, the actual number one shirt belongs to Martin Dubravka.

It’s difficult to see the Slovakian passing on that shirt to Newcastle’s newest recruit. He will still fancy his chances of being the main goalkeeper at St James’ Park.

The only other number Pope wore for Burnley was 29. However, that is also occupied at the moment. The number 29 belongs to Mark Gillespie, who will probably be Newcastle’s third choice stopper this season with Karl Darlow rumoured to be leaving.

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Another option for Pope is the number 30, which is the same as his current age. That’s the number he wore during his time with Charlton Athletic. That jersey is currently vacant, and has been ever since Christian Atsu left the club.

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With number one taken, Pope is going to have to pick something higher than 11 to have on the back of his Toon shirt – unless he goes rogue and asks Callum Wilson for the number nine…

The lowest number that Pope could get is number 14.

Jamal Lewis occupies the number 12 jersey, while you would imagine Matt Targett will reclaim the number 13 shirt.

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The next available number is 14, vacated by Isaac Hayden who has now joined Norwich.

Numbers 25 and 27 are also currently available, with the latter now free after Freddie Woodman’s move to Preston North End.

Of course, other shirts could become available depending on who leaves the club in the coming weeks.

For now, a reunion with the number 30 feels most likely for Pope, although deep down he will want to be number one.

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