Newcastle United pushing for transfer breakthrough

Newcastle United are closing in on a second summer transfer deal.

The club is looking to sign a goalkeeper in the window – and has held talks over a move for Nick Pope. The 30-year-old – who has a year left on his Turf Moor contract – is expected to leave Turf Moor this summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League.

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Pope – who hopes to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November – would cost around £10million. Pope would challenge No.1 Martin Dubravka – who missed the start of last season through injury – for a place in Eddie Howe’s team.

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United have already signed defender Matt Targett this summer. The club activated a clause in the 26-year-old’s loan deal last season to make his move permanent for £15million.

Newcastle are also trying to sign Stade de Reim striker Hugo Ekitike and Lille defender Sven Botman.

United’s move for Pope comes with No.2 Karl Darlow, 31, linked with Middlesbrough – and Freddie Woodman set to leave the club in search of first-team football. Woodman, 25, is wanted by Preston North End after a spell on loan at Bournemouth.

Darlow, meanwhile, has found his opportunities limited by the form of 33-year-old Dubravka, who spoke to the Gazette about his future late last season.

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England goalkeeper Nick Pope.

“If you see the change now, and ambitions of the club, you want to be part of it,” the Slovakia international.

“As I said, I would like to stay at the club and try to prove I’m worth it. I’m trying to be in the best shape I can, and am working hard.”