Newcastle United are keeping tabs on the situation of Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope, after he has fallen away from the first-team picture at Turf Moor, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that Rafa Benitez is among a number of top flight managers monitoring Pope’s situation with interest after a season in which a combination of injury and the arrival of Joe Hart has served to push him down the Clarets pecking order.
Stiff competition may reportedly come in for the man who made his England debut last June ahead of the World Cup, in a 2-0 win against Costa Rica at Elland Road – most notably from Arsenal.
They want him to be their second choice goalkeeper with Petr Cech set to retire at the end of the season, whereas at St James’ Park, he would battle Martin Dubravka for the number one spot.
But despite a dodgy recent run of form, Dubravka remains a hugely popular figure at St James’ Park and he was a major reason behind their survival last season.
Pope has the quality to compete but he would need to get back to the heights of last season, where his outstanding displays saw him gatecrash Gareth Southgate’s World Cup plans.
In any case, Dubravka would have the immediate advantage in any potential battle – as the settled and popular choice – meaning that Pope would struggle to even get into Rafa Benitez’s team.