Nick Pope at Newcastle United is over, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Newcastle are heavily linked with a decision to sign the relegated goalkeeper from Burnley.
Despite relegation, Pope remains an excellent stopper and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp called him “sensational” two years ago after a stunning performance at Anfield.
An exit from Turf Moor is certain, with Clarets boss Vincent Kompany admitting the England international is likely to leave.
This week The Telegraph reported that the Magpies are close to agreeing a deal to sign the 30-year-old keeper.
And Romano tweeted this morning that Newcastle will announce the addition soon, saying it’s a done deal.
Is Romano right?
Well, it often is and this is probably no exception.
In fact, Newcastle have kind of confirmed the transfer themselves by announcing that they have sold Freddie Woodman this week.
The St James’s Park side probably wouldn’t have sold Woodman unless a new goalkeeper arrived and barring a massive shock at this stage, that goalkeeper will be Pope.
Martin Dubravka didn’t really need a replacement at Tyneside, but you could easily see Pope becoming Eddie Howe’s first choice from now on.
Dubravkal, like Pope, is capable of excellent performances.
The difference will be consistency and if Pope is deemed more consistent than his Czech counterpart, which he likely is, then we will see him start between the sticks for Newcastle’s Premier League curtain-raiser against Nottingham Forest on August 6.
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