Nottingham Forest are considering making a bid for England goalkeeper Nick Pope, according to The Sun.
The 30-year-old has just suffered relegation with Burnley and it’s unlikely he’ll be playing in the Championship next season.
Pope has been a star at the Clarets and he looks set to leave this summer following their drop into the second tier.
Pope is valued at £40 million but Forest won’t be bidding that much. It’s claimed that the Reds will test the water at around £10 million.
Forest are pretty well-stocked in the goalkeeping department. Brice Samba, Ethan Horvath and Jordan Smith are all experienced stoppers.
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Clearly, Steve Cooper thinks the Reds need another custodian though. Pope has been around for years and he’s been part of the furniture at Turf Moor.
The goalkeeper has been with Burnley since 2016. He has made 155 appearances for the club and earned himself eight caps for the England national team.
It wouldn’t be a cheap deal to sign Pope. As well as valuing him at £40 million, he also earns £59,000-a-week at Turf Moor.
With that in mind, signing him could prove very tricky and it’s likely to depend on how perilous the club’s financial situation is.
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Although he’s 30-years-old, Pope would be a sensational signing if Forest can pull a deal off.
It’s likely that there will be competition from other Premier League clubs, with Fulham particularly interested.
Pope has sampled Premier League football for many years and he’s also got experience on the international stage.
If Forest do sign a goalkeeper it’d perhaps be harsh on Brice Samba who has been instrumental in the Reds’ promotion to the Premier League.
Pope is an uncompromising figure and he’d provide the Forest defence with some much-needed top-flight experience.
Signing him won’t come easy, although the man with nine clean sheets would surely be an addition that would excite the fan base.