Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for England goalkeeper Nick Pope earlier this month but now he’s set for Newcastle.
According to The Telegraph, the Magpies are close to securing the signing of the 30-year-old for around £10 million.
The fee makes a mockery of The Sun’s report that linked Forest to Pope; with £40 million the fee mentioned in that particular article.
Forest quickly move on from Pope and are now close to securing the signing of Dean Henderson from Manchester United.
He is expected to pen a loan deal later this week, with Pope now on course to sign for Newcastle.
The Burnley man was part of the team last season that endured relegation from the Premier League and he was never going to stick around in the Championship.
Forest had initially targeted the stopper but for whatever reason, chose not to make their interest concrete.
Pope has been something of a stalwart for Burnley. He signed for the club in 2016 and has made 155 appearances for the club.
Now, his future lies elsewhere and the move to Newcastle could be a risky one.
Pope will want to play ahead of the World Cup in the winter but the Magpies have an established number one in Martin Dubravka.
He can ill-afford to be playing second fiddle, especially with Henderson likely to be playing regularly at Forest next season.
Pope set for Newcastle but Forest are getting a quality goalkeeper
It does seem a pretty good deal from a Newcastle perspective. They’re getting a good stopper for just £10 million and he could star in the North East.
He will have to earn his place though but he is capable of grabbing the gloves away from Dubravka.
Forest fans shouldn’t be too concerned though and in Henderson, they’re getting a fantastic goalkeeper.
Furthermore, Henderson is five years the junior of Pope and if a permanent option can be secured, they could tie down the 25-year-old ahead of his best years.
It will be interesting to see how Pope does at Newcastle and whether or not he gets the nod to play against Forest on the opening day of next season.