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NUFC are reportedly on the verge of a brilliant signing, Howe's got a big decision - opinion

Newcastle United are close to signing Nick Pope from Burnley, and it could be a brilliant deal. The Telegraph has reported that the deal for the keeper is much further along than Hugo Ekitike and Sven Botman.

Pope is the perfect signing for the Toon, he’d definitely bolster Newcastle’s goalkeeping options. The Magpies are close to letting go of Freddie Woodman, who is expected to join Preston North End this week. Furthermore, the arrival of the 30-year-old could see Karl Darlow’s potential move to Middlesbrough accelerated.

So the Toon need another goalkeeper and Pope fits the bill. He’s got Premier League experience and is one of the finest keepers England currently has. However, some fans might argue why sign him when the club has Martin Dubravka, who has been a reliable shot-stopper.

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Howe has a big decision to make, does he go for Pope or Dubravka as Newcastle’s number one?

If Pope arrives on Tyneside, Eddie Howe will have a big selection dilemma. The Magpies boss had the same issues this past season in midfield. Joelinton, Jonjo Shelvey, Bruno Guimaraes, Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff all impressed Howe. But he would only play with three in the middle of the park.

So heading into next season there could be another position where he has a big decision to make. Which is actually an ideal scenario.

Struggling to fit players into your starting XI due to how well everyone is playing sounds like a manager’s dream. Both Pope and Dubravka are proven in England’s top flight, so it would be intriguing to see who wins the battle for the number one jersey.

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Also, Pope is the perfect signing because it could get the best out of Martin Dubravka. The Slovakian has established himself as Newcastle’s go-to man between the sticks. At times Karl Darlow posed a threat, but the 33-year-old proved he was the better keeper.

However, Pope is the biggest threat to Dubravka’s number one spot since he arrived. If anything the extra competition will keep the Slovakian on his toes and possibly get the best out of him.

With Newcastle close to signing Pope, it’s a signing some fans will be very excited about, he is an England international after-all.

And if the Magpies snap him up, while letting go of Woodman and Darlow, it will represent a major upgrade to Newcastle’s goalkeeping options.

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