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Newcastle sign England keeper Pope from Burnley

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Newcastle signed England goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley for £10m ($12m) on Thursday.

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Pope signed a four-year contract with side Eddie Howe after passing a medical at Tyneside.

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The 30-year-old with eight caps for England has established himself as one of his country’s best goalkeepers in 141 league appearances for the Clarets.

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Newcastle switched to Pope after Burnley were relegated to the Championship last season.

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

“The deal was done in a couple of weeks but it went really fast and I’m happy to be here and I’m really looking forward to being able to get stuck in it.”

Pope will be a serious competitor to current Newcastle first goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

He kept nine clean sheets in the Premier League last season but failed to prevent Burnley’s relegation from the top flight.

Pope’s quick return to the Premier League boosts his chances of being named to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar in November.

“Nick is an exceptional goalkeeper at the Premier League and international level, so I’m thrilled to add strong competition to a very important position,” Howe said.

“Other clubs have shown a lot of interest in him this summer, so I would like to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for letting us get ahead of the competition.”

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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