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Chris Wood tops 5 Newcastle – Burnley transfers as Toon near £10m deal

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Newcastle United are set to sign Nick Pope to provide Martin Dubravka with a new challenge, having agreed on a fee with Burnley to make the goalkeeper the Toon’s fifth signing from the Clarets so far.

Pope will also be the second player to leave Turf Moor for St James’ Park this year, after Eddie Howe paid £25m for Chris Wood during January. The forward switched claret-and-blue for black-and-white in the winter market, as the Magpies triggered a release clause in his contract at the Lancashire club.

Howe has now returned to Turf Moor to poach Pope as he strives to keep Dubravka on his toes. Sky Sports note Newcastle have agreed a £10m fee with Burnley for the England international, who will sign a four-year contract following the completion of his medical which began on Thursday morning.

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Newcastle are set to sign Pope to four-year contract in £10m transfer from Burnley

Newcastle have accelerated Howe’s efforts to sign Pope following Burnley enduring relegation from the Premier League last season. The 30-year-old featured in 36 of the Claret’s top-flight fixtures over the 2021/22 campaign, but recorded nine clean sheets behind a unit that shipped 47 goals with him.

Pope’s shut-outs included the eight-cap shot-stopper denying West Ham United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves (twice). The Soham-born ‘keeper also has seven clean sheets through his Three Lions appearances to date, including denying the Ivory Coast in a friendly at Wembley during March.

Howe now hopes Pope can push Dubravka to perform at his best next term, as the Newcastle-bound stopper targets a seat on Gareth Southgate’s plane to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Dubravka kept eight clean sheets across his 26 Premier League appearances last season, whilst conceding 35 goals.

So, with Newcastle set to sign Pope and make him the Toon’s fifth transfer from Burnley so far, who else has moved between Turf Moor and St James’ for the goalkeeper to follow – along with Wood?

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Howe will hope Pope has bigger impact than Wood with Newcastle set to sign stopper

Howe will hope Pope can produce a bigger impact on Tyneside than Wood has so far managed, with Newcastle set to sign the Burnley star. After joining the Magpies in January, Wood only managed to score twice across 16 appearances with the club, of which he started 15 and totalled 1,328 minutes.

Wood also struck his first and, so far, only goal at St James’ from the penalty spot to beat Wolves in April. The 30-year-old wisely forced referee Peter Bankes into making a decision after baiting Jose Sa into making a foul. He clipped the ball away from the diving Portuguese, and waited for the contact.

Bruce secured free Hendrick swoop at Newcastle after Burnley exit in 2020

Steve Bruce secured a free transfer for Jeff Hendrick in 2020 after the Republic of Ireland midfielder had left Burnley at the expiration of his contract. The 74-cap technician had spent four years at Turf Moor after joining from Derby County, during which he made 139 appearances and scored 10 goals.

Newcastle are still yet to see the 30-year-old offer a leading dynamic in the engine room as Hendrick has struggled at St James’. Over his 27 appearances across all competitions, the midfielder has three goals, has provided an assist and has only started 19 games. He also joined QPR on loan this January.

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Edgar the last Newcastle player to join Burnley with Turf Moor switch in 2009

David Edger remains the most recent Newcastle player to join Burnley after moving to Turf Moor in 2009. The centre-back left St James’ for Turf Moor aged 22 after allowing his contract to expire on Tyneside after 23 first-team games. He would go on to feature 114 times with the Clarets until 2014.

Burnley secured short-term loan deal with Newcastle for Orr in 2004

Burnley secured a short-term loan deal with Newcastle for Bradley Orr in 2004. The centre-half only spent one month at Turf Moor, during which the Liverpool-born defender made four appearances in the second-tier that totalled 151 minutes. He also only started the last of his games against Millwall.

The Clarets did not intend for the deal to be a short-term move when Stan Ternent plucked Orr from Newcastle’s reserves to strengthen their midfield. But Bobby Robson recalled the then-21-year-old days after he made his only start in claret-and-blue. Yet Orr never made a senior outing for the Toon.

Newcastle landed long-time Burnley regular Nulty in 1974

Newcastle agreed a deal to sign Geoff Nulty from Burnley in 1974 that ended the midfielder’s long career at Turf Moor, like Howe has done so now with Pope. The Englishman had joined the Clarets from Stoke City in 1968, and proved a regular to help toward promotion from the Second Division.

A strong campaign in the top-flight during 1973/74 convinced Newcastle to move for Nulty. But his Tyneside spell was less successful and after falling out of favour in ‘77/78, the Toon sold him on to Everton. At Goodison Park, Nulty saw out the final two years of his career before retiring in 1980.

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