Newcastle United repeat Nick Pope trick as ‘£16m bid’ placed for Man City reject

Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick PopeNewcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope
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Newcastle United raided Burnley for Nick Pope following relegation in 2022 - and James Trafford could follow suit

Newcastle United have bid £16million for Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford, according to reports.

It has been no secret that Eddie Howe is eyeing a new shot-stopper to rival Nick Pope for the No.1 jersey. The Magpies suffered between the sticks last season, with Martin Dubravka failing to impress following Pope’s lengthy shoulder injury.

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Loris Karius is also set to leave on a free transfer once his contract expires this month - leaving a goalkeeping spot available. Many expected Newcastle to sign a veteran keeper who would be willing to watch on from the sidelines.

However, The Daily Mail claim Toon chiefs have tabled a £16million offer for Trafford. The 21-year-old almost made England’s squad for Euro 2024, missing out after making the provisional setup.

A former Manchester City youth product, Trafford was part of the under-21s outfit that clinched European glory last summer. The Premier League champions are understood to have a 20 per cent sell-on clause in his contract - inserted after selling him to Burnley a year ago.

Suprise reports claimed former Clarets chief Vincent Kompany is also rumoured to be keen on taking him to Bayern Munich. That is despite dropping him for the final 10 games of the campaign - with Arijanet Muric taking his place.

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The report suggests Newcastle may need to up their offer above the £20million mark to land the young goalkeeper. When Burnley were relegated two years ago, the Magpies raided them for Pope, a player they are now looking to potentially dislodge.

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