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Magpies praying Pope impresses after sealing switch from Burnley
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Cian Cheesbrough
Nick Pope was one of Burnley's standout performers last season despite their relegation
Nick Pope was one of Burnley's standout performers last season despite their relegation

Goalkeeper Nick Pope has completed his switch to Newcastle from relegated Burnley.

The England stopper, 30, was expected to secure a move this summer to remain in the Premier League to boost his hopes of making Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad.

Pope made history last year in becoming the first goalkeeper to keep clean sheets in his first six games for the Three Lions.

With the wealthy Magpies eager to strengthen between the sticks, Pope has signed a four-year deal to head to Tyneside.

The goalkeeper has spent the past six seasons at Turf Moor, but expressed his excitement ahead of the new challenge. 

He 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."

The eight-cap international was one of Burnley's standout performers despite their drop down to the Championship, earning nine clean sheets in 36 top-flight appearances.

Pope is the Magpies' second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Matt Targett earlier in the window.

And manager Eddie Howe was delighted with his new goalkeeping addition.

He said: "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."


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