Nick Pope signs for Newcastle United as Eddie Howe makes transfer claim

Nick Pope has become Newcastle United’s second senior signing of the summer.

Newcastle United have announced the signing of goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old finalised his transfer on Thursday after travelling to the North East to undergo his medical.

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Pope has signed a four-year contract with the Magpies to become the club’s second senior arrival of the summer after Matt Targett.

Head coach Eddie Howe revealed Newcastle saw off competition from other clubs to land Pope.

What Nick Pope said on his move

On joining, Pope said: “Now I’m here, I can’t wait to get started.

“The deal has taken a couple of weeks to come to fruition but it got over the line really quickly, and I’m delighted to be here and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it.”

What Eddie Howe said about Pope’s arrival

Howe added: “Nick is an exceptional Premier League and international level goalkeeper so I’m very pleased to be adding strong competition to a very important position.

“There has been a lot of interest in him from other clubs this summer, so I’d like to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for getting us ahead of the competition. I’m delighted he is joining us as we prepare for the exciting challenge ahead.”

What Nick Pope will bring to Newcastle

Pope arrives with a wealth of Premier League experience under his belt having spent the last six years at Turf Moor, making 155 appearances.

In that time, Pope has built up a repuation as one of the the best shotstoppers in the top-flight. The stats are there to back that argument up.

Not only that, the former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper is an England international after making his debut in June 2018.

His latest challenge now is to rival Martin Dubravka for the No.1 jersey on Tyneside.

The Magpies now have two outstanding goalkeepers on their books, so this really is a brilliant piece of business by Howe & Co.