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Full signing of England keeper Nick Pope from Newcastle Burnley MPNRC

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Newcastle on Thursday signed England goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley in a £10 million ($12 million) deal.

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After passing a medical at Tyneside, Pope agreed to a four-year contract with Eddie Howe’s side.

The 30-year-old, who has eight England caps, has established himself as one of his country’s top keepers during 141 league matches for the Clarets.

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Newcastle moved to Pope’s after Burnley were included in the championship last season.

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

“It’s taken a couple of weeks for the deal to flourish, but it ended really quickly and I’m happy to be here and I’m really looking forward to getting into it.”

Pope will give a tough fight to Newcastle’s current first-choice keeper Martin Dubravka.

He kept nine Premier League clean sheets last season but could not stop Burnley from slipping from the top flight.

Pope’s rapid return to the Premier League has improved his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar in November.

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

“There has been a lot of interest from other clubs this summer, so I want to thank our owners and everyone behind the scenes for leading us into the competition.”

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